TWENTY-FOUR parking marshals on a protected strike are to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court today.
“Many marshals came to the city offices of the employer this morning to get updated on the strike,” said marshals representative Francis Lilongelo. “Some then went inside to get their uniforms and equipment to start working while others were just standing around outside. The police blocked off the street and then arrested them. We said we were acting legally, but they told people they are under arrest.”
About 120 marshals embarked on a protected strike on October 14 demanding that their employer, Street Parking Solutions, pay them 23.5 percent commission on parking fees they collected daily. The marshals claim the commission was stipulated in their contracts signed in 2009.
Lilongelo said marshals received an SMS on Monday night that they should return to work yesterday.
“The strike is still on because there is still no solution. People are angry this has happened.”
The Cape Times was sent a copy of the SMS which read: “Parking marshal work starts tomorrow (Tuesday 22 Oct) at 7am. Police (SAPS) will be at SPS offices for protection. Report for work tomorrow. Don’t be afraid.” SPS owner Zunade Loghdey confirmed the company had sent the SMS. He claimed there had been acts of intimidation and the police had been asked to be present yesterday morning.
“The intimidation was so bad it erupted in violence.”
Police spokesman Tembinkosi Kinana said: “According to the information, some of the strikers returned to work while others did not. It is also alleged that those who did not return to work went to the offices in the city and started intimidating other workers and managers.
“At that stage the police were called to intervene. Subsequently 24 people were arrested for intimidation and assault,” Kinana said.
Marshals representative Francis Lilongelo said they had tried unsuccessfully to get their colleagues released last night.