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FordBusinessLive reports that the strike by members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) at Ford SA is set to continue after the Labour Court (LC) reserved judgment on an application by the car manufacturer to interdict the industrial action, which commenced on Thursday.

This means the strike continues indefinitely. Numsa is the only union at Ford SA, according to treasurer Mphumzi Maqungo. The company had a staff complement of 3,500, he said, adding that Numsa represented 3,000 workers. Numsa’s general secretary Irvin Jim has said the reason for the strike was Ford’s refusal to share its profits with workers. According to Jim, Ford SA could afford to pay workers “some kind of bonus” as the company had “made a fortune” over the past four years. SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the labour federation supported the Numsa strike. “Given the profit growth the company has been able to score in the past several years, Saftu argues that Ford can afford the annual bonuses, not just incentive bonuses,” said Vavi. He took issue that company executives were guaranteed annual bonuses while workers were offered “incentive bonuses that are based on how well workers slave themselves to meet company targets”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Thousands of Numsa-affiliated Ford SA workers down tools, at SABC News

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