ERJ staff report (DS)
Johannesburg, South Africa -- National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has said it is seeking a 20 percent pay increase for all its members, along with other improvements in working condistions. In addition, the union described Bridgestone's South African subsidiary as a "psychopathic exploiter"
NUMSA's demands, were set out at its National Bargaining Conference from 4 - 5 April 2011 at Vincent Mabuyakhulu Conference Centre, Johannesburg. They include five core demands, applied to all workers,
1. 20 percent wage increase across the board.
2. A contract of one year's duration for agreements.
3. The banning of labour brokers.
4. Paid time off for training during working hours.
5. An extra 15 percent morning and afternoon shift allowance and 20 percent night shift allowance in the metals engineering sector.
In addition, NUMSA singled out Bridgestone (PTY) Ltd for particular criticism, saying, "We condemn Bridgestone's apartheid-style separatist conduct. We declare we will leave no stone unturned in confronting this exploiter head on. We reject Bridgestone's demand for workers to cede their rights and entitlements."
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Declaration from NUMSA (Via PoliticsWeb)