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numsaEngineering News reports that according to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), it will be picketing at the Japanese Embassy in Pretoria on Friday.

The union intends to hand over a memorandum of demands regarding a “number of grievances” against Nissan’s management in SA. Included will be demands for clarity on what Numsa says is the Japanese car maker’s failure to engage the union on its electric vehicle (EV) ambitions, and transparency on the future of the SA plant. Numsa said in a statement: “Some workers are likely to be displaced because the new (EV) technology is not labour intensive. Workers want to know what the plans are and whether they will be trained and upskilled to adjust to the new technology. There are also plans to terminate at least 150 fixed-term contracts at the plant, and rumours that the Nissan plant (in Pretoria) will be moved to Egypt, thus threatening the livelihoods of over 1,200 workers.” Nissan SA said it was incorrect that “150 workers have been released”. The company noted, however, that there were a number of fixed-term contractors in its manufacturing operations whose fixed-term contracts had come to an end.   Nissan SA said it “remains committed to maintaining open engagements with Numsa and key stakeholders in order to find mutually beneficial resolutions”. The local arm of the Japanese manufacturer also denied that it was shutting its doors. “With a six-decade legacy of producing light commercial vehicles, the strategic goal is to establish Nissan’s South Africa operation to be the continental light commercial vehicle hub,” the company pointed out.

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