Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) in KwaZulu-Natal will be embarking on a strike on Wednesday at Jasco Electrical Manufacturers, an engineering company based in Pinetown. Jasco is a member of the Metals Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) and it employs 300 people.
NUMSA Regional Secretary in KZN Mbuso Ngubane said the management of Jasco are greedy and they are refusing to implement the increase which NUMSA members secured during the National Engineering strike which took place last October. “The strike secured a 6% increase but the management of the company is refusing to implement. We reject their excuses and we demand the immediate implementation of the increase.”
Ngubane added that their members are suffering from the heavy burden of high food costs, high fuel costs, and the added burden of supporting unemployed extended family members on their low salaries.
Ngubane further said Jasco has applied to the court for an urgent interdict and as NUMSA we will be in court on Thursday to defend the right to strike. “This is a delay tactic. Instead of negotiating with the union to resolve the strike, they are rushing to court to interdict the strike. The money they are wasting on attorneys could be spent on implementing the increase”.