Union threatens with solidarity strike

2012-10-11 16:27

Johannesburg - The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Thursday said its members would embark on a solidarity strike with striking truck drivers and miners should their demands not be met.

"If their demands are not met, we might be left with no option but to embark on a solidarity strike action," said secretary general Irvin Jim in a statement.

Numsa is affiliated to the Congress of SA Trade Unions and is active in the metal sector.

Jim said the proposal would be taken to Cosatu's central executive committee next week Monday.

Mining companies firing striking workers and replacing them with contract workers should have their mining licences withdrawn.

"The companies failure and refusal to find a negotiated settlement is yet another example of an abuse of the licence given to them to mine."

The mining companies have "dismally failed" to provide decent shelter or accommodation for mineworkers 18 years into democracy.

"The apartheid wage gap in the mining industry is alive and well. It needs to be exposed."

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  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-11 16:38

    Maybe they should just all strike. And once they get their increases, see how long it last after they get laid off once the co's become unprofitable and they get laid off. To then battle to get a job ever again. And they will remember their good old days before they lost their minds and destroyed the economy.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-11 16:43

    Anything to get out of work! When there is no food,country is bankrupt,they will be the first to cry foul! Damn-where is Magret Thatcher!!!

  • arno.walt - 2012-10-11 16:44

    So you can't fire illegal strikers, very interesting!

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-10-11 17:00

    Haiman these people are now well upstairs. I wonder if any of the unions think about what their striking is doing to our economy. even when they have heard that investors are leaving the country still they persist with this foolishness.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-11 17:01

      Nope Jabu - I don't think they think at all!!!

  • neilpretorius83 - 2012-10-11 17:01

    \Negotiated settlement\ does NOT automatically translate to \give in to the miners' demands\. This has now degenerated into an all-out war of attrition, and as much as you have the right to strike, your employers have just as much right to protect their profitability and assets. You win some, you lose some, but due to your ongoing \struggle\ indoctrination you simpy can't see that. In your myopic world poor = right/noble, and so you always have to get your way. Pathetic.

  • george.larkins.14 - 2012-10-11 17:01

    Hope these mines dont give in.If they do they will always have this problem in future.Wonder if the Union will employ or pay its members the salaries they wanted when they get fired.

  • taig.solomon - 2012-10-11 17:03

    Agree to their demands but only on condition that they must first pay back back damages and loss of profits for their companies. Will most likely be the end of all strikes in SA. Imagine the looks on their faces when told that they have been awarded their increases but that they will only see the rewards once they have paid back the DAMAGES WROUGHT BY THEIR ILLEGAL STRIKES AND ACTIONS.

  • jaques.muller.96 - 2012-10-11 17:04

    These strikers are way in the minority. And they think they scare everyone. Be carefull not to push your luck. You might get the biggest resistance from willing workers soon. And then time for chatting is gone

      Johann Enslin - 2012-10-11 18:21

      I've been wondering how long it would take the non-strikers to take up arms. Strikers are putting all jobs a risk.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-11 17:30

    Margaret Thatcher we need your leadership.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-10-11 17:32

    Irvin Jim, you and your servants are lazy. Any excuse to not work. How did it happen that unions were given so much power? Again, their 'constitutional right' to strike has to be revoked immediately

  • Erna - 2012-10-11 17:49

    Of course, the more the merrier!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-11 18:06

    More bad singing and dancing in the streets.

  • Johann Enslin - 2012-10-11 18:19

    "if their demands are not met....". This hasn't been a negotiation for some time. My question to employers: how do you know that any agreement made now will be binding? Why wont employees just go on another strike in February?

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