Court stops Numsa strike in PE

The Labour Court revoked Numsa's strike certificate due to increasing violence and intimidation.

Numsa demonstrators in Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Gardner/ EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it has told its members to return to work at Transnet's terminal in Port Elizabeth after a Labour Court ruling declaring the strike illegal.

The court this week revoked Numsa's strike certificate due to increasing violence and intimidation of non-striking workers and damage to Transnet property.

About 100,000 of the union's members went on strike at the terminal in April this year over poor working conditions.

The union's Eastern Cape secretary Phumzile Ndondo says they will comply with the ruling.

"It came as a surprise but we've agreed that our members must go back."