Numsa urges KZN shop stewards to reject NDP

2013-04-15 00:00

THE National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) yesterday called on shop stewards across the province to reject government’s National Development Plan (NDP).

At a meeting held at Pietermaritzburg’s Imperial Hotel yesterday, Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said they planned to have all their shop stewards go out to their work places and encourage people to support the union in their rejection of the plan.

Jim said the NDP “followed DA policy and supported the capitalist class”.

“The plan presented a false road as the basis for the gradual evolution of a new South Africa, and it stood against the Freedom Charter and the interests of the poor and working class,” he said.

The NDP was first drafted in 2011 after a diagnostics report of the country’s achievements and shortcomings was released. It was planned to be implemented this year, with the aim to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.

Jim said that it was necessary for the working class to unite in order to build a revolution.

“We are under attack. To resist, we must unite, be vigilant and act decisively. They will be coming for Numsa and in particular for its leadership. We, as Numsa and Cosatu, are the only ones who try to defend the unemployed and poor. We fight for the building of factories and industries because we know that is the only way to create jobs,” he said.

The Numsa general secretary said the NDP does not contain any measures to close the apartheid wage gap, to speed up the slow pace of workplace transformation and to reduce the excessive pay of executives in the South African corporate sector.

“We must have a conscious plan to take control of companies that produce the country’s wealth and use that wealth to grow the manufacturing industry. You can’t solve the problems of the poor by saying you have the right to go to school and you have the right to vote. There will be no equal opportunity until there is equal access to wealth,” he said.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said the union federation is still in talks with its branches in all provinces about the NDP. He said they will comment on the matter soon.

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