Economic freedom fighters’ statement in solidarity with the continuing numsa strike action in the automotive retail sector
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa finished their strike action last Friday in one sector and will be taking another big strike action in another. The Economic Freedom Fighters supports the strike action of the 70,000 members in the automotive retail sector who have from today downed their tools after a failure of employers to come to the table.
Employers, represented in the main by the Fuel Retailers Association and the Retail Motor Industry Organisation are offering 5.6%. Whilst NUMSA has demanded a R30 an hour pay increase in all sectors by 2016 for workers earning more than R6,000, a night-shift allowance of 20%, and an afternoon shift allowance of 15%. EFF fully supports these demands, particularly in light of the rising standards of living in South Africa. This is a progressive demand in realisation of a living wage for workers in the sector.
EFF further encourages the rest of the sector’s 300,000 workers, most of whom are unorganised, to join in on the picket lines in one voice and demand a better wage for their labour. EFF members in Cape Town and Johannesburg are also called upon to join in the demonstrations with the workers, in full EFF regalia, to demonstrate our full endorsement of their demands and strike action.
ISSUED BY THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF FOR ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS: COMMANDER JULIUS MALEMA.
Contact Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF National Spokesperson – 0731333012