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‘Anarchist’ strike costly
17 Sep 2008

The CEO of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business, Andrew Layman, described the action of the striking workers as unacceptable.

“We urge the municipality to use the power of the law to ensure that workers, whose right to protest legally is respected, do not get away with either their illegal industrial action or the damage they have caused to the economy of the city and the legitimate activities of the business and other communities.”

He said that the losses suffered by city businesses amount to hundreds of thousands of rand.

“In a world where people are held accountable for their actions, these losses should be borne by the people responsible for causing them. Current trends towards reckless statements and threats, as well as the lack of restraint among those who wish to make themselves seen … are characteristic of a move towards anarchy.”

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