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irvinjimThe Citizen reports that a damning report has accused the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) of becoming compromised under its general secretary Irvin Jim.  

In a week that has seen thousands of Numsa members striking in more than 450 companies in the plastic sector over wages and benefits, a report by amaBhungane has accused the once “independent and fiercely militant” union of now being “cornered by capital”.  According to the investigative journalists, critics of Jim “allege the union is drifting from its worker base and risks being captured by its investment arm to become a vehicle for petty bourgeois accumulation”.  For the report, amaBhungane took “testimony” from nine current and former Numsa and Saftu insiders as well as other sources including academics, advisors, activists, and members of civil society, whom they report were consistent in expressing “widespread dissatisfaction” over Jim’s leadership.  Central to most of their concerns was Khandani Msibi, the head of the Numsa Investment Company (NIC), the investment arm.  Journalist Sam Sole, an amaBhungane managing partner, took to Twitter to defend the article against critics, saying:  “There are serious internal concerns about Numsa.  Sweeping them under the carpet will not help workers.”

  • Read this report by Daniel Friedman in full at The Citizen
  • Read the full amaBhungane report can be read here

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