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Govt calls for peaceful, legal strike

9 Jan 2013 11:18
PRETORIA: Government says it has noted a planned illegal protest by farm workers in the Western Cape, following a meeting in De Doorns on Sunday, 6 January 2012, by more than 1,500 workers.

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Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams, said on Monday that government urges citizens to exercise their right to protest peacefully, legally and within the ambit of the law.

"Whilst employees have the right to engage their employers on matters relating to wage and working conditions, they are encouraged to refrain from violence and intimidation of other workers and the public in general," she said.

Williams said government would not tolerate violent labour disputes and called on all parties to always strive to reach a common ground.

"Social dialogue and in particular, collective bargaining processes remain an imperative mechanism to resolve labour disputes."

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