COSATU is Gauteng has noted the intransigence of the employers in the manufacturing sector by failing to meet the basic demands of the workers.
The demands placed by NUMSA are reasonable, fair, just and employers could be able to meet them. It is however regrettable that the employers are refusing to share the super profits which are generated through the blood and sweats of these metal workers in our country.
The inequalities and poverty would never be addressed in our country as long as employers behave in this fashion. The apartheid wage gap would also never be achieved as long as employers place their own narrow interest above those of the country, working class and the workers in particular.
We would always struggle to transform the industry as long as employers are allowed to run away with murder. We would never be able to meet the targets of the millennium developmental goals as long as employers are refusing to share in the wealth of the country.
The first and second decades of freedom in economic terms has benefited the employers more than workers and the working in General and the poor in particular. We would need to strengthen our resolve to ensure that the third decade of our Freedom ensures that there is re-distribution of growth to the workers and the working class.
We are calling upon the employers to return to the negotiating table and meet the demands placed by workers.
COSATU in Gauteng would explore all possible avenues and within its own means to support the strike and we call upon all our members across the province to provide all possible means of support to the workers who are currently on strike.
We further call upon all of our locals to place this strike action in their agenda’s and to discuss possible action in support of the workers demands as lead by the metal workers in the manufacturing sector and such should also involve the possible of secondary strike within the value chains.
We demand the living wage now and not in our next life or in Heaven.
Long live the Living wage demand! Forward with the sharing of Wealth!
Long Live class struggle!
All power to the people!
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions