Vavi praises Numsa strike example

2014-07-11 15:51

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Numsa’s current labour strike should serve as an example to other unions, said Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

“Let’s hope that the [National Union of Metalworkers of SA] union and employers soon reach an acceptable settlement and that other unions, including Fawu, will then make similar demands,” said Vavi today at the Food and Allied Workers Union’s regional congress in Port Elizabeth.

He said the union demands should aim to achieve “decent wages and conditions and the end of casualisation and labour broking”.

» Talk to us: Do you agree with Vavi, considering the violence that has marred the Numsa strike? Leave your comment below or join the conversation: @City_Press.

Vavi also said Numsa’s demands were “fully justifiable”.

On July 1, about 220 000 Numsa members began an indefinite strike for a 12% wage increase, a R1 000 housing allowance and a total ban on labour brokers.

Numsa spokesperson Castro Ngobese today said the union was consulting members on a revised offer from the metal and engineering employers.

Vavi also made mention of the recent report that dozens of neglected dead and dying animals had been found at a North West farm owned by National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise.

“We were all shocked at the story of the dead and dying animals on the farm of ... Modise,” he said.

“It reinforces our insistence that political representatives should not get involved in business. They must choose one or the other, and not try to fight for the poor, while enriching themselves from their businesses.”

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