- Numsa has come forward to criticise the South African government for continuously making it more difficult for workers to exercise their right to strike
- The association has spent the last 6 years fighting for the reinstatement of Dunlop workers who were dismissed after a protest in 2012
- While Numsa has won the case for the Dunlop workers, the group is worried about the future of SA’s workers when it comes to the right to strike
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) recently accused the South African government of hindering workers’ right to strike.
According to EWN, the union’s spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, explained that:
“We’ve always put the interests of the working class first and we’ll do whatever it’s legally possible to act in their interests. Workers in South Africa continue to be subjected to brutal conditions and their right to strike is being eroded in various ways.”
Briefly.co.za found out that Numsa are currently celebrating a constitutional court win that saw 60 ex-Dunlop workers reinstated and paid back for the period of their unemployment.
The Dunlop employees were dismissed after a protest in 2012, which allegedly turned violent.
Although this is a victory for Numsa and the workers, the union has expressed its concern over how the right to strike is being hindered.
“As we speak, the capitalist ANC-led government has changed the Labour Law to limit the right to strike by imposing compulsory strike balloting,” Hlubi-Majola said.
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