Toyota workers in Durban to strike

2012-10-17 07:58

Johannesburg - Workers at the Toyota Boshoku factory in Durban will go on an indefinite strike on Wednesday, their trade union said.

About 480 workers affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA wanted a R1 500 retention bonus, the union's regional secretary Mbuso Ngubane said.

The factory makes seats and door trims for Toyota vehicles. The Durban Labour Court granted the workers the right to go on a protected strike.

Ngubane said the dispute started in 2009, when the company decided to give only one category of workers, the artisans, and a R1 500 retention bonus. He said the decision was taken outside the bargaining chamber.

Numsa wanted the bonus given to all workers.


  • simon.stamp.98 - 2012-10-17 08:38

    How long must one strike (no work no pay) before you loose that R1500,- anyway?? I suppose you reach that point within a week, does not make sence at all!

  • lulama.mbelwa - 2012-10-17 08:41

    Ya neh it really is a strike season

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-10-17 08:55

    If I want more money. I cannot strike? I have to get a job which pays better. Who is in charge? The employee or the employer? Its a joke.

      xoli.themba - 2012-10-17 10:26


      xoli.themba - 2012-10-17 10:29

      its our constitutional right

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-17 14:25

      Let them strike and become poor. Maths is at an all time low in our country. If you strike for a month each year you never make up the losses and worsened credit gradings.

      DarrenCooper68 - 2012-10-17 15:48

      Xoli, It is a right but it is being abused. For every right there is an implied duty. Striking workers typically feel very little for the rights of others yet take every advantage of the rights afforded to them. Consider this specific case, surely if you employ several people and you want to reward (in whatever form) only those that are going above and beyond, you should be able to do that. Does the employer not have any rights?

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-17 09:04

    Robots Toyota Robots!

  • superguluva.kheswa - 2012-10-17 09:09

    Contract Contract Contract Contract Contract Contract at Toyota is the main problen at the moment 1 can not be on contract since 2006,2007 till 2012 that person is still a contract No mzansi we under oppression and we need serious help coz our lifes are not going anywhere we can't buy houses,carz n we don't get big credit from the banks pls someone rescue us, we are voiceless simple because we have limited powers you watch your words when you talk coz u might find urslf in hot water. What can we do going forward help Mzansi.

  • Kamal - 2012-10-17 10:56

    People. Lets get it straight. We cried when we were in poverty. Today we have good jobs. This country is still coming out of recession. Our goverment has his life fixed for the next generation to come. What r we portraying. Live with what u got n b grateful. The company can close down tomorrow. Its not a threat its a fact. If our president allows corruption. What stops him frm taking a bribe. Don't b selfish. U hv families n people to support. The company has all rights to close down if they not making money. I'm black. So forget about our colour. Its all abt d money

  • nick.crossley.395 - 2012-10-17 11:52

    Unions brought the UK to it's knees as our unions in SA are doing. Come here Maggie Thatcher and show these okes a thing or two.

  • KennySven - 2012-10-17 14:44


      carl.debeer.33 - 2012-10-17 14:57

      Or robotic as they do in Japan.

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