Neasa: Companies continue lockout of staff

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SOME members of the National Employers’ Association of SA (Neasa) were continuing their lockout of workers who had participated in the metal industry strike, the employers’ body said yesterday. “We are still continuing with the lockout because our demands have not been looked at,” spokeswoman Sya van der Walt-Potgieter said. “It is not compulsory, but for our members who can afford to continue.” She said a survey conducted last week showed 40 percent of Neasa’s members had participated in the lockout. That number had decreased because many could not afford to stay closed. New figures had not been compiled yet. “The number has gone down. Those who have alternative employees will continue.” Last month, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA threatened to take Neasa to court if it did not suspend the lockout of its members. – Sapa

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