KZN Cosatu confirms support for Numsa strike

2014-07-11 00:00

COSATU in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday threw its weight behind the strike being led by the national Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).

Addressing a press conference in Durban, newly elected provincial secretary Edwin Mkhize said the employers in the metal industry should meet the demands of the metalworkers.

“The PEC [provincial executive committee] wants to state its unwavering support to these workers and its leadership collective.

“We are confident that with the power the workers always have over capital, this strike action will yield palpable results that will deepen the struggle for the betterment of the conditions of work in that sector,” Mkhize said.

However, Mkhize said the labour federation was not officially informed about the reported incidents of violence that have marred the strike.

“There is no resolution of the strike as yet so Cosatu has not received any formal reports on violence that is part of the strike,” he said.

Referring to the troubles facing Cosatu, Mkhize said the unity of affiliated unions and the leadership was important.

“The provincial leadership pleads with the affiliates to stop from doing things that are outside the principles of the federation and at all times unite workers for the struggle against exploitation, living wage and improved conditions of service.”

His comment comes in the wake of an intervention by an ANC task team led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Cosatu, amid reports of possible expulsion of Numsa, among others.

At the briefing Mkhize unveiled a programme the KZN branch will soon undertake, including organising vulnerable workers such as domestic workers, fuel attendants, taxi drivers, and those employed by labour brokers.

— WR.

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