Employees at Macsteel are expected back at work on Friday after the steel merchandiser and distributor successfully applied for a court order to interdict strike action by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) that was expected to get under way from Thursday.

Macsteel CEO Mike Benfield welcomed the ruling and denied that changes had been made to workers’ conditions of employment. “Macsteel welcomes the labour court of SA’s decision to interdict Numsa’s intended protest action as unprotected and unlawful. Numsa are interdicted and restrained from engaging in unprotected and unlawful industrial action including instigating, inciting, intimidation or harassment and interfering or blocking entry and exit of employees, customers and service providers at the business of Macsteel,” he said...

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