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bmwBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has met with the management of BMW SA to discuss financial compensation for employees in respect of the shutdown of the Rosslyn manufacturing plant for two weeks.  

Numsa Hlanganani region deputy chairperson Thabo Mogoroe noted the plant was being shut down due to slower vehicle sales, caused by the spread of the coronavirus.  All BMW plants in Europe and Rosslyn were shut down on Friday, affecting some 2,500 local employees, until 19 April.  After the shutdown a decision would apparently be taken, depending on the circumstances, whether to re-open or not.  Mogoroe indicated:  “We met with management (on Thursday) to discuss the details of remuneration during this period.  The provisions of lay-off leave, which is a maximum of 10 days will kick in.  Thereafter, management is proposing to use the Worktime Account, where workers would have to “pay back” those days through overtime work, which the union had rejected.  We have proposed that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) should be used, or that the BMW Group must contribute something to workers in order to mitigate against the hardship which workers and their families will face during this period.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Edward West on page 15 of Business Report of 23 March 2020

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