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Numsa plans engineering sector strike

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said it is planning to go on a wage strike in the engineering sector.

But the union said the mass action will not last as long as there’s a strike underway on the platinum belt.

Numsa secretary general Irvin Jim said it’s not yet clear when the strike will start as they are still negotiating with employers.

But he said the impact will be massive.

“We are currently in negotiations and we are preparing to strike against in-transition employment.”

Meanwhile, Numsa on Thursday once again lashed out at the ANC.

It accused the ruling party of fuelling tensions in the tripartite alliance and blaming it for the nearly four-month long wage strike in the platinum sector.

The ANC slated Jim for calling for the president’s resignation over the Nkandla saga saying he must rather focus on the union’s own problems.

The metal workers union yesterday called for Zuma and the ministers who supported his security upgrades to leave office.

The ruling party’s Keith Khoza urged the Numsa secretary general not to make political statements but rather leave it to politicians.

“He’s trying to be a politician and not a trade unionist, so we don’t think he has an argument.”

But Jim called the ANC and South African Communist Party’s response to the Nkandla issue as an “arrogant defence to the looting”.

Numsa called on workers to defend Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and her report.

Source – iAfrica