The National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers [NUPSAW] met with its members at Enterprise Foods (Pty) Ltd (a division of Tiger Brands) in Polokwane this afternoon due to concerns over the link of the infection of Listeriosis on processed cold meat and other refrigerated food products.
The union is also concerned about the hazard of leaked Ammonia which had affected more than 22 employees while they were at work on 19 February 2018 and who were admitted to hospital as being under the influence of alcohol.
It came to light that on same date NUPSAW requested Polokwane Enterprise Management to disclose to NUPSAW its Health and Safety Reports and Risk Assessments on the leaked Ammonia Chemical. Up to now, NUPSAW has received no reply.
NUPSAW is the majority union at Enterprise Foods in Polokwane. It employs 450 people of which 400 are NUPSAW members.
The latest development is that Management instruct workers to take paid /unpaid leave as from tomorrow, 6 March.
NUPSAW meets with its members this afternoon, requesting their mandate on this issue.
Should Management insist to go this route NUPSAW will take legal action or resort to industrial action should the employer force our members to take leave.