After having been placed under business rescue some time ago, Masonite which later became Evowood approached the unions to accept a salary deduction of 12%.
UASA’s position was that the only way that we might consider it would be to insert a clause that the salary sacrifice will become a loan which the company will have to repay once things improve. Our understanding have also been that if we accept the sacrifice with conditions, there will be no retrenchments and the company would have to apply for exemption from the bargaining council.
Things turned bad at the end of February when the employer deducted the 12% with further negotiations with the unions. Ceppawu members who have in the meantime been dismissed did not take kindly to the news and went on the rampage, petrol bombing the factory and throwing stones at management vehicles.