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numsaBusiness Report writes that at least 900 workers at global home-appliance manufacturer Whirlpool have downed tools in KwaZulu-Natal in support of their demand for housing.  

They have been on strike since Monday, because the employer was “refusing to engage” on their demands, according to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  Mbuso Ngubane, Numsa’s regional secretary, said they had been negotiating with the employer to try to resolve the impasse, but to date no progress had been made.  He said workers had made it clear they would not return to work until the company agreed to provide housing as part of the wage agreement.  “The lowest paid worker at Whirlpool earns R43 per hour, and this makes accessing decent accommodation almost impossible,” Nqubane asserted.

  • Read the original of the report by Luyolo Mkentane at SA Labour News
  • Read Numsa’s press statement in this regard at Numsa online

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