Numsa to intensify strike

2011-07-10 16:00

Johannesburg - The strike in the engineering sector will be intensified until the employers meet what unions say are "reasonable" demands.

Without going into detail about the current state of salary negotiations, Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said the employers should be moving with speed to resolve the dispute instead of embarking on "psychological violence".

He was speaking to reporters after the union's NEC meeting on Sunday.

The countrywide strike in the engineering sector entered its second week on Sunday.

The union announced it would embark on rolling mass action in demand of a 13% salary increase.

Employers in the sector were offering 7%.

Jim said the NEC would be receiving a proposed strike program of action, which included mass protest marches in Kwazulu-Natal on Tuesday.

Numsa's strike has so far claimed the lives of two people, one hit by car in Germiston and another in Kwazulu-Natal.

Nine other striking workers were arrested in the past week.

According to Gauteng police, two people were injured when a supervisor at an engineering company in Krugersdorp allegedly shot at striking protesters who were allegedly assaulting working employees on Friday.

The supervisor and the two protesters, who were taken to hospital, were arrested.

Additionally, four Numsa members were injured when police fired rubber bullets during strike action in Krugersdorp on Thursday.

There were also claims that police had harassed, intimidated, and shot at strikers in Bellville and Germiston.

Jim denied that the strike had been characterised by violence, saying it had been peaceful.

"There's been glitches, particularly in parts of Gauteng," he said.

He charged that police were randomly shooting workers, saying they should instead focus on crime.

Meanwhile, Ceppawu said it would go ahead with its strike on Monday, a move which could see petrol stations run dry.

The union was also demanding a 13% increase, an end to labour brokers and 100% maternity leave.

  • R Albert - 2011-07-10 16:17

    Investors should "go on strike" and cut out all marginal jobs and get rid of militant labour that has no respect for "decent jobs".

  • settlerswife - 2011-07-10 16:53

    Fine for NUMSA to intensify the strike.. they still get paid their wages.. their puppets are the ones who suffer and they are so stupid as not to see it either.. what they lose in pay now will never be made up in the increase either...appreciate you have jobs you lot and if you are so unhappy.. resign and let others have work instead...

  • MrSpiderman - 2011-07-10 16:59

    Irvin Jim, can I employ (or pay) you to negotiate a better increase for the disabled?? I know you guys strike "peacefully" and do this sad economy falling apart "no harm"!? In conclusion, would appreciate the 100% maternity leave, though I am male, subjected to be retrospective?! Well, give them their 13%, fire 50% and whalla, you are 1% below budget! But don't worry, ol' Jacob will create another 500,000 jobs before August this year!

  • OZNOB - 2011-07-10 17:05

    THESE GENTLEMEN ARE busy striking their way out of their job and for what ? probaly for someone else's agenda who have nothing to lose and are just using them the strikers as pawns in a larger game

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  • T de J - 2011-07-10 18:53

    management this is the time to show them that they don't control us your losing and riscing your and the emplees that want to work life's if all the engineering and allied business closed for two or three weeks no business NO TAX I wonder what will happen to our beloved goverment NUMSA . This will set the men from the rats apart and I wonder what malema would spit out .Food for thought

  • waynesworld - 2011-07-11 03:34

    The unions really have lost touch with reality!

  • MSL - 2011-07-11 09:53

    Two comments. Firstly, a supervisor defends his own productive employees against senseless violence, is attacked and injured for his troubles and then arrested?! Have the police heard of self-defense or the defense of innocent people? His arrest seems wrong to me. Second, they demand nearly double the inflation rate increase, the immediate unemployment of many thousands of labourers and 100% percent maternity leave (whatever that means, I assume 9 months full pay?). They call this reasonable? I haven't had a pay increase in two years and that's after my pay was reduced due to hard economic times. Wake up people, there is only one way to build a country economically speaking, and that's to EARN your wages. Productivity will dig us out of this hole we're in, not forcing the closure of businesses with unreasonable demands.

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