Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) says it welcomes the decision taken by Putco management confirming that it won’t go ahead with retrenchment. Putco planned to retrench 214 employees.
NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim said NUMSA met with the Putco managing director on Monday, 01 March 2021 and confirmed that Job Rotation will stop on the 15th of March
” Job rotation is a burning issue for our members because it meant they worked reduced hours, and this meant they earned less. As NUMSA we have been vindicated. This is a victory for workers and their families! We made submissions during the section 189-A consultation to oppose retrenchments, because we felt the job cuts were unnecessary.”
Jim added that there is ample evidence that Putco can save millions in revenue, and retain jobs, simply by “stopping mismanagement and wastage.”
He added that NUMSA believes that instead of Putco outsourcing maintenance work, it should insource this work because it employs skilled artisans who can do this work internally. “We will continue to engage management on this issue going forward because this could save the company millions in revenue per annum.”
Jim further said NUMSA will continue to fight for workers and their families’ and to do everything possible to secure their future.