The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members working at the state-owned manufacturer and monopoly company Denel have downed tools and embarked on a protected strike action since Wednesday 23 January 2013. Our members have down tools over a long outstanding industrial dispute against Denel in relation to wage disparities.
Denel has failed to adhere to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed between the union and its senior management. They action is an affront attack and well-engineered liquidation of our hard fought collective bargaining system as promulgated by the democratic state.
We refuse to allow our members to be subjected to old apartheid wage disparities, amidst the scandalous socio-economic hardships imposed on them by wrong economic choices and neo-liberal policies adopted by our nascent democratic government. The failure by Denel oligarchy to address these wage disparities, since they are a strategic state-owned entity, is nothing else, but a betrayal to the ANC-led governments’ commitments of driving decent work agenda and building of sustainable livelihhods.
We call on Denel oligarchy to concede to these legitimate and genuine demands of workers. Any dilly-dallying from Denel’s part, we will be forced to escalate our strike action until workers’ demands are addressed and resolved.
Steve Nhlapo, National Sector Coordinator: +2783 632 6986