Numsa yesterday accused Amsa, South Africa’s steel giant, of abusing workers through labour brokers, an allegation the company has denied.
The union went on strike on Monday to demand that Amsa permanently place Real Tree Trading and Monyetla Services as employees, with a combined number of about 1000 people.
Numsa’s regional secretary in Sedibeng, Mokete Makoko, said Numsa members had endured poor wages and intolerable working conditions.
“Our members (employed by the contractors) work side by side with workers directly employed by ArcelorMittal, who receive much higher pay and benefits. This needless exploitation is unacceptable,” Makoko said.