The Numsa congress, delayed by a court interdict, has started amid deep divisions in the union.
Sizwe Medical Aid in the experience of dissenting auto workers has failed to pay doctors’ bills and bankrupted members.
Numsa handed a memorandum of demands to the Metal and Engineering Industry Bargaining Council (MEIBC) on the first day of its national strike in the sector.
International solidarity in a time of pandemic crises, courtesy of Numsa, sadly did not garner the media attention bestowed on the xenophobic Only One South Africa march in Pretoria.
The author argues that the formation of the SRWP is premature as it is not born of workers’ struggle and lacks a clear programme of action.
The striking workers are adamant that they will continue with the strike for insourcing that started in October.
The striking MyCiti workers today had their first meeting with the City of Cape Town and the Vehicle Operating Companies.
The striking by MyCiti project workers have been on strike for two weeks and there has been no negotiation with the outsourced companies or the City of Cape Town yet.
The City of Cape Town says it will seek a court interdict against the “violent, EFF-led” striking workers.
The wildcat strike by workers under the MyCiti project in Cape Town is not resolved and will continue into a third day.
The bus strike may continue into the long weekend. While a 9% salary increase has been agreed, other demands remain unresolved between unions representing bus drivers and employers.