No, you are not allowed to wave traditional weapons at a strike

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No, you are not allowed to wave traditional weapons at a strike

Ruling by appeal court ends five-year battle between company and sacked employees

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Knobkerries, sticks and a sjambok are not traditional weapons to be brandished at a strike.

That is the hard lesson for five Pinetown workers whose dismissal five years ago – for carrying the weapons during a 2014 strike initiated by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) – was upheld by the Labour Court of Appeal in Durban last week.  

Despite a Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) ruling in favour of the employees, who cited they were exercising their traditional and customary right to carry sticks, this decision was recently overturned by the Labour Appeal Court in favour of Pail Print – a Pinetown-based packaging company...

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