Strikes spread to car manufacturers

2012-10-04 10:06

Cape Town - A wave of illegal strikes sweeping through South Africa’s mines has spread to the manufacturing sector, with Japanese car giant Toyota saying on Thursday all production at its Durban plant had halted this week after a staff walkout over pay.

The stoppage is the latest to hit SA's economy, and piles more pressure on the leadership of President Jacob Zuma ahead of the ANC elections in December.

The Toyota plant in Durban produces 120 000 vehicles a year, half of which are destined for overseas markets.

“We are confident that we will be able to resolve the issue soon and hope to restart production at the first possible shift,” Johan van Zyl, head of Toyota’s local operations, SA Motors, said in a statement.

Representatives of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), whose members are involved in the walkout three days ago, were not immediately available for comment.

Zuma is under fire for failing to address and contain the rolling workers’ protests, which in mid-August led to the killing by police of 34 strikers at the Marikana platinum mine run by Lonmin.

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  • loading123 - 2012-10-04 10:15

    Of course it has!

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-10-04 10:18

      FIRE the bloody lot of them! And give jobs to those willing to work!!!

      rbphiri - 2012-10-04 10:49

      See the ripple effect of the surge in wage strikes, this is just the tip of the ice berg, a tsunami of other labour dispute may lay dormant be inevitably it will manifest itself in other sectors. The irony of the disputes is that workers who hardly have qualifications are trying to achieve financial equilibrium with those who have. So basically by giving into such demands we simply saying to graduates that your qualification means absolutely nothing! - 2012-10-04 14:06

      Excellent timing - considering Jaguar/Land Rover (read TATA) are looking around for a good place to build a new mega-factory - whats the chances now that Russia or Argentina will get the deal???

  • ambauli - 2012-10-04 10:18

    And SA's economic viability goes down, down and down.

      rbphiri - 2012-10-04 10:52

      moody's ratings will come into play once again. We can slowly start kissing international investors good bye. If we can't even establish political stability, we have higher chances or finding unicorns or actual brains in parliament than fixing our economy.

      renny.meere - 2012-10-04 11:33

      @RPhiri love your comments, Rphiri for president!

      slawek.puk - 2012-10-04 15:03

      You know the saying. What comes down must go up. In this case, i don't know. Maybe in 20 years.

  • Willie - 2012-10-04 10:19

    Relocate the plant to India or Brazil

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-10-04 13:20

      Sadly this will happen and we will suffer. I know that the latest Toyota released here already comes from India. They only build the Corolla here now. Some Hyundais here also come from India and the Chev bakkie comes from Brazil.

      Willie - 2012-10-04 13:48

      @ thando.gqabaza Spot on it is high time this unions teach their followers about the reality of the world. Australia paid Ford so that they should build Ford Focus in Aus.We are busy shooting ourselves down. i'm not minimising the fact that some companies in SA pay their employees pathetic salaries.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-10-04 10:23

    This is just all plain stupid! The beginning of the end, of what was a great country!

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-10-04 10:51

      No, this is the beginning of the end of the ANC, and the beginning of the start of a new era.

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-04 12:04

      @dewald - now THAT is the right attitude!

      adrian.boulle - 2012-10-05 05:58

      It's time for the DA to take over.......VIVA DA, VIVA!

  • Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-10-04 10:24

    Marikana has cost South African economy big time, now everyone see the need to go on strike

  • customdesign - 2012-10-04 10:25

    grrrr swearword

  • ElKapino - 2012-10-04 10:29

    "50% exports and rest sold within and in neighbouring states" so since when goods sold in neighbouring states do not form part of exports

      andrew.l.roux.1 - 2012-10-04 11:32

      Neighbouring States form part of the Southern African Customs Union, the Common Monetary Union and SADC. Don't be obtuse.

  • jillgabrielahenning - 2012-10-04 10:33

    MEDIA BLOCK IN SOUTH AFRICA - people not being told about violence affecting motorists and petrol stations out of fuel. Know for a fact that trucks were stoned in Pinetown yesterday and we have no fuel on the South coast of Natal. All deliveries have ground to a halt and people to scared to leave their homes.

      Willie - 2012-10-04 11:07

      Keep the masses in dark to control them

  • eugene.vanes - 2012-10-04 10:34

    That is how great Zuma is,He cant tell the people to go back and force them because his house is political so importantant.One thing he and his striking bostokolos wont have an income in the near future and so the rest of South Africa.

  • eugene.vanes - 2012-10-04 10:35

    Get rid of all the unions and bad influence as Malema and Vavi and we all can go on.

  • lioneldelange - 2012-10-04 10:36

    These a-hole idiots have no clue what they are doing to the country. I bet there are thousands of white unemployed males that would gladly take their places and do the job with professionalism and pride.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-04 11:07

      And on the same salary, you must be out of your nuts.

  • melanie.gardner.7528 - 2012-10-04 10:37

    stupid is what stupid does...

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-04 11:00

      Is this all u can say to vent out your frustration? You aint seen nothing yet, your heart will just stop when we hit you fully.

      Cameron - 2012-10-04 13:53

      Yes it is Because its true! PLs, enlighten me to this "hit me fully"??

  • mlungisi.kunene - 2012-10-04 10:38

    The Arab uprising has twisted its course..its now SA private sector uprising!... who is next e-toll!!!!!!!

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-10-04 10:40

    Saw this group starts 2 strike,and then it spreads like wildfire.One group gets a raise and the other naturally also wants a raise.Cant really blame them,everything is going up like the petrol of instance.There will still be A LOT more striking going on,and our government is to blame for it.I'm not saying its the right thing to do,but yea....

  • David - 2012-10-04 10:44

    We are lucky toyota are here at all. Our workers at those plants are already paid far more than any other plant in the world and still produce far less.

  • Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2012-10-04 10:46

    Pay your workers and you won't worry about loosing production anymore.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-04 11:05

      Why don't we just print more money and give it to everybody, your lack of understanding is inline with the striking workers, apply pressure to a company like Toyota and they will pull the plug on their SA factory, simple as that, and the unemployment will continue to grow and YOUR ANC clowns will continue to do nothing.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-04 11:14

      @bob, if youve run out of words please just shut up.

      Sonnyboy Maluleke - 2012-10-04 11:48

      We have not paid bonuses for 2010 & 2011 this it will be for the third time and our company is a State Own Company under one of the biggest armour vehicle: advise should we go on strike or work with no incentives

      Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2012-10-04 12:19

      Bob your talking rubbish

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-04 12:46

      ndlovu, where have I run out of words ? what sense does your statement make ? Wa Ha I reckon I have a little more experience than you, trust me Toyota will not bow to African bully DEMANDS, it is not the Japanese way to be told by their workers how to run the finances of their company, you are the one talking rubbish with your communist ideals.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-10-04 13:13

      Solly that is what you get with nationalisation, enjoy it

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-10-04 10:46

    What is their current emolument? Presumably they deserve to do that as long as it is peaceful not violent and fatal.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-04 11:07

      Yes and Toyota have the right to close the factory if it is more economical to build their cars in another country, someone should explain that little fact to the illegal strikers.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-04 10:48

    That is Brahs - destroy the economy and then blame anything else when you are unemployed or get no bonus at the end of the year, but please do not blame yourselves bunch of morons.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-04 11:02

      A moron calling others morons, tja!!

  • jlushaba - 2012-10-04 11:05

    Toyota suppliers have also gone to short times as from Tuesday. M 1 of them. But with Toyota, its the managements fault. U cant gibe some of the workforce an increase and live the other. Thats what started the strike

      krad.knight.56 - 2012-10-04 13:59

      So what u are saying is that everyone should get an increase evn if they don't meet their KPI's or targets ??? Why should we strive to work harder then ??? A company has a right to reward those that work well and remove those that don't..

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-10-04 11:17

    SA is officially closed for business,how clever of the savages? especially given the worldwide economic climate when other nations are desperate for investment.

  • riaan.roetz - 2012-10-04 11:21

    @ khethu.ndlovu.3, shame you try so hard to trol, yet all you had to do was put a picture of your fat stubby fingers in your diamond mine called a that's a real trol. PS, let me know if you require a shovel.

  • brenton.geyer1 - 2012-10-04 11:37

    this looks like a tactic by some individuals in the ruling party to stop zuma being electic for a second term.....why nw all of a nt the biggest zuma fan bt whts betta having zuma in power or motlante . Malema only throws hs toys out of the cott cause he has been curbed

  • kobus.smit.545 - 2012-10-04 11:52

    Due to a lack of interest by our *&%% government, South Africa is now officially closed for business until further notice. Please direct your investment enquiries to another developing country. Have a nice day ...

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-10-04 12:04

    If you were an outside investor, would YOU put your money in this country?? Not me... Now the Toyota factory... To go or not to go? Workers who are greatful to have work or strikers damaging, intimidating and killing others? Obvious choice...

  • peter.hall.3956 - 2012-10-04 12:06

    It's not the First time in History that the mines have had deaths over pay issues. Just another cycle - Africa way!

  • lyon.blecher - 2012-10-04 12:20

    I view these illegal strikes, by holding SA's economy at ransom, as forms of economic terrorism or blackmail.

  • slawek.puk - 2012-10-04 12:30

    This is becoming ridiculous now, the mining strikes have set a trend, now all departments want to strike. Where is Zuma? banning his new wife in his new palace?

      teboho.martin.3 - 2012-10-04 14:10

      Yeah I am not suprised whay there is a lots of strike in this country.where is Zuma,comrade Zuma is busy with his new girlfriend now,she's pulling him with ties now,he doesn't give a damn with your country.

      slawek.puk - 2012-10-04 14:54

      @teboho,Zuma is not the guilty one but the whole government, Zuma is just used as a example. My real question is where is the government, South Africa has a problem currently and they are just shying away from it, or could it be that they are doing planning behind closed doors?

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-04 12:47

    Good attitude from management, at least you are showing positive approach unlike some mine managers - you can clearly see those with good people skill

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-04 12:59

    machines will do better job, robocobs like - because seems like man power is a problem now.

      slawek.puk - 2012-10-04 15:02

      yes, most people know that machines are available and the mines have already considered them. Do you know why they have not been implemented?

  • tershia.atkins - 2012-10-04 13:22

    any other industries, that want to cripple to country?

  • darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-04 13:48

    These strikers better be careful. Next thing our mines and government will get chinese labourers in to do the work.

  • Cameron - 2012-10-04 13:56

    Heres an idea. EVERYONE IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY GO ON STRIKE! You people are destroying this country! banana republic, here we go!

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-04 15:04

    ok, so the logic of these f'ing idiots is to throw rocks into the very machine that generates them their salaries ?? then tomorrow they wonder why they get retrenched..

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-05 08:00

      Ja, ure correct, agen. Dumbnut!

  • greggail.garnie - 2012-10-04 16:08

    Watershed moment in SA history ....

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