KZN Numsa elects its new provincial chairperson

2014-07-28 00:00

THE National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend elected Mlungisi Mthembu of the Pinetown branch as its new provincial chairperson.

Also elected at Numsa’s two-day provincial congress in Pietermaritzburg was Khonzeni Mkhize of the Isipingo branch as deputy chairperson.

Mthembu filled the position previously held by Basil Cele, who was elected Numsa’s second deputy president last year.

Mkhize’s predecessor stepped down from the position because he was no longer a shop steward after the firm he was working for closed down.

Regional secretary Mbuso Ngubane said yesterday the pair were elected unanimously and that their election would assist Numsa in its mammoth tasks ahead.

He said Mkhize’s election ensured there was gender representation in the KwaZulu-Natal leadership.

He said the congress has resolved to fight labour brokers at plant level since the government has not banned them yet.

Numsa has been vocal in calling for the scrapping of labour brokers, accusing some leaders in Congress of South African Trade Unions of not being outspoken on the matter and others because they were eyeing positions in government.

Ngubane added that the congress had also resolved to fight the introduction of e-tolls in KwaZulu-Natal and to continue supporting Gauteng residents in their fight against e-tolls.

He said the congress decided to demand that regulations be formed on the local procurement of goods as envisaged in the National Development Plan.

The provincial congress, addressed by the general secretary on Saturday, was convened, while a strike in the engineering sector is under way.

Ngubane said the congress had considered a new offer from the employers, but resolved not to give up their negotiation rights at local level on those issues that were not covered by the national bargaining council.

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