Thursday, August 31, 2006

NUMSA continues campaign

By Odette Ismail
31 August 2006

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) launched a Campaign against what it termed racist companies on Saturday, 19 August 2006. One hundred members demonstrated at Simons Auto Centre in Goodwood. NUMSA says that the company allows coloured workers to carry knives and pangas to attack African workers.

The demonstration, called Name and Shame Them, then moved to the Andrag Machinery at La Belle Way, Stikland on Thursday. Lunch hour pickets took place between 13h00 and 14h00. The union claims that the company showed no regard for labour legislation and that the demographics were totally off the mark.

NUMSA will reveal the names of other companies that it believes are racist in the Western Cape at the Andrag Machinery picket on Thursday between 13h00 and 14h00.

The union is demanding compliance with all labour legislation including Employment Equity. They are also calling on Provincial and National government to cancel all tenders with such companies and to blacklist them.

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