The Labour Court will hear the matter on the plastic strike on Wednesday, 17 October 2018.
The Plastics Convertors Association of South Africa (PCA) has approached the Labour Court in a bid to end the ongoing nationwide strike led by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA).
Workers in the plastic sector have downed tools, demanding a 15 percent wage increase across the board, employment terms to be regulated by the council’s Main Agreement, and the MEIBC and for companies to pay them R40 an hour again, instead of the recent decision to cut salaries back to R20 an hour.
The PCA’s Johan Pieterse says they believe the strike is an unprotected one.
“If it turns out, as we believe it’s an unprotected strike, we are concerned they are using employees as cannon fodder, and the employees risk their jobs. I can tell you today, and this is a fact, NUMSA [has] not ever discussed the fact that there’s a separation between the metals and the plastics”, he is quoted as saying.
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.