Workers are expected to down tools on Monday, 15 October 2018, across the country.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) is gearing up for a mega strike in the Plastics sector.
The union claims that the plastic sector is constituted by a conservative, notorious group of employers who are oppressing workers.
“It is this group of employers who unilaterally varied down workers’ wages and benefits, and worsened their working conditions. They are doing all they can to justify their continued abuse and exploitation of workers. These are the same employers who wanted to collapse the MEIBC council by refusing to pay levies, which they still owe!”, National Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said in a statement.
The union claims that leave entitlement of four weeks has been scaled down – the fourth week has been taken away for workers who’ve served less than four years, they have increased hours of work from 40 to 45 per week and they don’t pay overtime, Grade H minimum wage has been reduced from R40 to R20 and leave enhancement pay (bonus) has been taken away.
NUMSA is demanding, among other things, wages and other employment terms to be regulated by the council’s Main Agreement, the MEIBC and a 15 percent wage increase across the board.
Hlubi-Majola further added: “At least [ten] thousand NUMSA members will down tools to defend their rights and demand a #LivingWageToday. This is a national strike which will affect at least 450 companies in the sector. Any industry that depends on Plastic, whether it’s the cell phone, IT, or automotive sector, will be affected. This is an indefinite strike and it will continue until such time that employers meet our demands.”