Numsa plans strike after youth wage subsidy becomes law

2013-12-22 06:00

Metal workers’ union Numsa is threatening to strike in February next year after a bill that will subsidise businesses to employ young people was signed into law this week.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim on Friday expressed his dismay that President Jacob Zuma had this week signed into law the Employment Tax Incentive Act while Numsa was sitting in its special congress.

The labour union, in its resolutions, said it would also take legal advice because Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan should have brought the bill to the government, business and labour negotiating forum, Nedlac, but had failed to do so.

It said it would try to convince labour federations Cosatu, Nactu and Fedusa to join the legal matter.

“Numsa has targeted Budget Day [February 26 2014] as the day when our members will embark on the first of our protected socioeconomic strikes,” the resolution said.

Numsa said it would try to convince other Cosatu affiliates to join in and turn it into a general strike.

Numsa said the act would be inadequate in reducing youth unemployment, while older, unsubsidised workers would lose their jobs.

Numsa slammed labour federation Cosatu for having “no enthusiasm” to continue its fight against the act. “The situation has been made worse by the political and organisational paralysis that exists in Cosatu,” the resolution said. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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