JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa on Friday rejected accusations by management at Northern Cape-based company Abengoa Solar that striking workers were intimidating those not participating in the boycott.
NUMSA said the company had applied for a court order declaring the conduct of its members during picketing as unlawful. The application will be heard at the Braamfontein labour court on Friday.
"They allege that our members who have been on strike at Abengoa Solar plant are intimidating non-striking workers and that they are violent," NUMSA regional secretary in the Northern Cape Andile Zitho said in a statement. "We reject this frivolous application with the contempt it deserves."
Zitho accused the company of trying to use the courts to "threaten, discourage and intimidate peacefully striking workers from exercising their constitutional right to strike".
Spanish owned Abengoa Solar operates one of several renewable energy plants in the Northern Cape.