Cosatu to fight factory closures all the way

2011-04-29 00:00

Sactwu’s deputy secretary-general, Wayne van der Rheede, said the union has been made aware of the pending retrenchments by Newcalst efactories who are retrenching workers, but he stressed that these factories are not complying with the wage determination, “which in our view is a way of undermining the bargaining council, and as a union we are taking the matter seriously”.

Zet Luzipho of Cosatu said the union federation will challenge the non-compliance in every possible way. “Our view is that those companies who cannot meet the basic minimum wage should have applied for exemption,” Luzipho said.

Previous attempts to force the Newcastle fac­tories to comply with the minimum wages were met with strong opposition from workers, who agreed that they were being paid low wages, but said there was no alternative and if they lost their jobs, they and their children would starve.

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