Numsa plays hard ball with RAF
Shenaaz Jamal | 2017-03-30 10:17:53.0
Numsa members. File photo.
Image by: STRINGER
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) plans to intensify its strike against the Road Accident Fund.
Numsa said wage negotiations between the parties had collapsed.
“They rejected our demands without making any offers on the table. All workers at the RAF branches in East London‚ KwaZulu-Natal‚ and Pretoria are gearing up for a complete shutdown of the operations of the RAF nationally‚” said Numsa acting national spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi.
“As the crisis grows‚ more and more of them are joining daily. Ultimately this will result in a national shutdown of the Road Accident Fund‚” Hlubi said.
Numsa embarked on a protracted strike over pay disputes as well as the Road Accident Fund’s inability to compensate accident victims. Earlier this year RAF’s bank account was attached by the sheriff of the court‚ because it’s in debt for R8.2 billion.
The Road Accident Fund said the situation between the parties had not changed since mid-March when the strike commenced.
A statement by RAF CEO Eugene Watson earlier this month labelled the wage demands by Numsa as unsubstantiated‚ unaffordable and unreasonable.
Watson said the principle of “no work‚ no pay” still stood.
“The Road Accident Fund’s position on the Numsa strike has not changed‚” said RAF spokesperson Linda Rulashe.