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numsaFin24 reports that the National Union of Mineworkers of SA (Numsa) on Thursday called on its members to embark on a general strike on 25 April 2018 to defend the right to strike.  

Parliament is currently considering amendments to the Labour Relations Act (LRA), the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), as well as the new National Minimum Wage Bill.  The union said the new regulations were intended to come into effect on 1 May and, if implemented, “will make it impossible for workers to go on strike.”  The proposed amendments would among other things introduce measures that would curb violent protests and would require trade unions to hold secret ballots to decide on strikes.  Numsa has rejected the proposed voting process as “complicated, costly and cumbersome”.  The union noted that it was part of a coalition of 21 pro-working class movements which have rejected the proposed labour law changes.  Numsa will be working with the #ScrapNewLabourLaws coalition to mobilise workers nationwide about the negative impact of the proposed labour laws and to shut down the economy on 25 April.

  • Read this report in full at Fin24
  • Read Numsa’s press statement in this regard at Politicsweb


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