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strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that workers affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) have gone on strike at Toyota as a result of an impasse over transformation in the car manufacturer’s plant in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).  

Regional secretary Mbuso Ngubane accused the management team of stubbornly refusing to engage with their demands.  He claimed that Toyota had not taken any practical steps to open up the space so that black companies could participate fairly in the procurement process.  “Toyota is an untransformed company which routinely fails BBBEE compliance targets.  They also repeatedly fail to meet their own Employment Equity targets.  This is because there is no political will from the management team to genuinely address these issues,” Ngubane said.  He indicated that Numsa was demanding the establishment of a transformation committee which would oversee and participate in the recruitment and procurement process, the upholding of the independence of the chairperson in disciplinary processes, and a raft of other demands.  The strike, which began on Monday morning, is set to affect all Toyota plants across the country.


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