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numsaANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Tuesday it rejected proposed changes to the country's labour laws, which it argued would limit the right to strike.  

The government intends this year to implement changes to the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), and implement a national minimum wage (NMW) bill.   The Department of Labour has been holding public consultations on these proposals, with 10 January set as the deadline for submissions on the changes.  Among other concerns, Numsa said the proposal to hold secret ballots during strikes was "a cleverly disguised way of attacking our constitutional right to strike".  It also rejected the provision giving the minister of the labour the power to get a court interdict to suspend a lengthy strike.  Regarding the proposed NMW of R20 per hour, the union said it would do little to reduce racial wage gaps, which mostly favoured whites and which had been created by decades of apartheid rule.  Numsa called on "all working class formations and structures to reject and fight this assault on the working class".

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