Numsa dedicates Human Rights Day to the jobless

2011-03-19 14:39

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) dedicated Human Rights Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, to workers who lost their jobs due to the recession.

“We dedicate our Sharpeville or Human Rights Day message to the 1.1 million workers of South Africa who lost their jobs as a result of the recession perpetuated by the inherent failures of capitalism,” spokesman Castro Ngobese said in a statement today.

Numsa called on the country’s working class to declare war on capitalism and to put an alternative system in place that “puts the lives and needs of our people first”.

The union also urged people to join Cosatu, the SACP and the ANC “with a view of implementing a radical National Democratic Revolution”.

Numsa said the working class should celebrate Human Rights Day in protest.

“They should refuse to be bussed into stadiums like an ayoba kwaito crowd. Instead, they should put immediate demands to the state.”

The union said to achieve a better life for workers would be a serious commitment and take dedication.

Ngobese also appealed to the government to get rid of labour brokers.

“Lastly, we want to declare that we are losing patience by the lack of decisiveness by the Ministry of Labour to ban labour brokers, as evidenced by popular calls during the 2010 public hearings.

“For us, human rights are workers’ rights. Labour brokers should be banned.”

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