Johannesburg – The Countrywide Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have introduced that they will be marching in Gauteng on Human Legal rights Day to protest in opposition to the proposed new labour legislation that arrive into effect in May perhaps.
In a statement on Saturday, Numsa nationwide spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, claimed the union was marching as aspect of a coalition of workers’ organisations that experienced arrive with each other as aspect of the “Scrap the New Labour Rules” campaign.
“The ANC authorities wants to adjust the labour legislation to make it difficult for workers to go on strike.”
“We connect with on all workers to defend this constitutional proper to strike and join us as we march on March 21, to remind the condition that workers’ rights are human rights,” she claimed.
Ramaphosa to blame
In a statement from the campaign, also attributed to Hlubi-Majola, the adjustments to the legislation have been blamed on a short while ago appointed President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“The fallout of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ascension into office has started. Condition capture has slipped from the grasp of the Guptas and into the acquainted embrace of white monopoly funds which opened its pockets to see the conclude of Zuma’s misrule,” claimed the statement.
“Now it is really time for Ramaphosa to comply with through on his claims. To start with among these claims is the passage of new labour legislation amendments that will see workers’ proper to strike curbed, their organisations tied up by petty restrictions and a nationwide minimum amount wage that undercuts current sectoral determinations.”
Correct to strike below danger
Hlubi-Majola claimed the new legislation would power workers to maintain secret ballots and vote in advance of they could go on strike.
“This will make it difficult for us to go on strike,” she claimed.
She claimed the new legislation would also enable the Division of Labour to conclude a strike with out consultation.
“The minister of labour can go to court docket to get an interdict to conclude a strike with out consulting unions.”
New Minimum Wage is ‘slave wages’
Hlubi-Majola claimed the new legislation also legalised “slave wages” through the Countrywide Minimum Wage of R20 for each hour. He claimed Expanded Community Will work workers (EPWP) would make R11 for each hour Domestic workers R15 for each hour and farm worker R18 for each hour.
“We want a dwelling wage! Why shell out workers R20 for each hour, when CEOs make R8625 for each hour! We reject the NMW,” she claimed.
Hlubi-Majola claimed the NMW would cause mass retrenchments.
“Numsa has managed to negotiate higher wages in several sectors it organises in. Those people who make a lot more will shed their work.”
“These adjustments will have an affect on each and every worker and their families. But we have been not consulted on these decisions.”
Rules authorized by ‘sell out’ unions
Hlubi-Majola claimed the proposals have been agreed to at NEDLAC with the assistance of “provide out” trade unions Cosatu, Fedusa and Nactu.
“This will have a important influence on our families. To start with they attacked us by growing VAT, and now they want to make it difficult for us to strike to negotiate higher wages and improved functioning problems.”
“They want to choose away the only weapon we have to make our life improved.”
Hlubi-Majola claimed Numsa would keep on to combat in the courts and on the streets to defend workers’ rights.
“We have joined up with twenty other progressive professional-functioning class movements to defend the rights of all workers, as aspect of the #ScrapNewLabourLaws Campaign,” she claimed.
The March is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, with the assembly point at Mary Fitzgerald Sq., Newtown Johannesburg.