The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) must be spending a lot of time in its war room. While juggling strikes in the auto manufacturing and motor retail sectors, it's also leading the campaign to defend Comrade Vavi and defeat the National Development Plan (NDP).
In its fight to be heard, the union refuses to be part of any ANC campaign promoting the NDP.
On Sunday, Numsa advised motorists to fill up their tanks as at least 70,000 employees in the fuel retailing industry go on strike and another 230,000 workers are legally entitled to join them.
The industrial action could halt the fuel and motor retail industries, meaning getting petrol to get to work might become a challenge. Numsa wants double-digit wage increases, the ban of labour brokers, shift allowances and changing of the industry's peace clause.
Marches are planned in Cape Town and Randburg, expected to see a total of 30,000 to 40,000 demonstrators, said union leaders on Sunday.
"We are not coming up with extravagant demands," Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim told media, claiming the Fuel Retailers Association and Retail Motor Industry Organisation had been irresponsible as negotiations broke down. He pleaded: "These...