JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says workers in the automotive components sector are disgruntled over the failure of employers to offer “equal work for equal pay” and recognise them as a key stakeholder in the industry.
Union general secretary Irvin Jim told a panel discussion at the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of SA (Naacam) industry show in Durban that workers did not want to be “merely consulted” in the drafting and implementing of new plans to guide the automotive industry.
“Workers in the component sector are very angry. Workers in this industry must have a stake in the ownership of all automotive companies.”
The comments from the head of the country’s single biggest trade union come ahead of sector wage talks and amid heightened political expectations ahead of May 8 general elections.
The industry produces more than 550 000 new vehicles a year and employs about 112 000 people.