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numsaSABC News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has called on government to convene an urgent meeting with all the country’s social partners to deal with the jobs crisis.  

The call comes following an increase in SA’s unemployment rate to 29%.  The union has accused the ANC-led government’s macro and micro economic policies for the jobs bloodbath.  It has also accused the private sector of exploiting Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act to justify retrenchment of workers in the name of restructuring and re-organising.  It is against this background that Numsa has demanded that government must decisively intervene “to stop what we regard as retrenchment patterns that are driven by the greed of the bosses to make money on the back of this global crisis and South Africa’s economic recession.”  Numsa wants all trade union federations, unions and civil society to participate in the proposed debate on jobs.  “This discussion must be facilitated by collectively agreed upon facilitators, approved by all stakeholders.  Together, we must discuss job creation, and job security because these are issues of national importance, and find solutions,” the union indicated.  It also wants issues of ownership and control of the economy discussed at the talks, which must come up with a job-led industrial strategy that must not only defend and create jobs, but also prepare SA for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Lindiwe Mabena at SABC News
  • Read Numsa’s press statement at Polity

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