National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)
South African trade unionists stand in solidarity with Zimbabwean people’s struggle against govt.

Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and their allies hailed the struggle of the people of Zimbabwe people against the increasingly oppressive rule of president Emmerson Mnangagwa 

South African airline Comair reinstates medical cover after union goes to labor court

Comair had decided to stop providing medical cover to its employees on September 1. Subsequently, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa challenged the decision in a labor court

Volkswagen reinstates workers South Africa Volkswagen South Africa reinstates shop-stewards after pressure from union

The shop stewards had exposed COVID-19 protocol violations at Volkswagen’s Uitenhage plant, including operating at full workforce capacity and denial of sick leaves

BidAir South Africa South African government to release funds following BidAir workers’ protest

Following a picket outside the labor department, the commissioner of Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has committed to release funds for the payment of workers’ wages for the month of May by July 30

South-African-Airways The fight to save South African Airways continues

Unions struggle for the revival of South African Airways, while the government and private creditors merely disagree over the timing of its liquidation 

In South Africa, mining workers have double the infection rate for COVID-19

Sector has 907 active cases of the novel coronavirus; country is ranked 19th in the world for infections

Vote on business rescue plan for South African Airways adjourned on unions’ demand

A meeting of stakeholders was held on June 25 to consider a proposal by the Business Rescue Practitioners to restructure South African Airways. According to this plan, nearly 3,700 of the 4,700 employees may lose their jobs

South African Union calls for resignation of CEO of Comair

The airline withheld workers’ salaries for May and the union has argued that the company is using the pandemic as “a cover for the restructuring which is taking place”

Macsteel NUMSA strike South Africa NUMSA embarks on strike at Macsteel against 20% cut in salaries

The company’s management has gone to court seeking an urgent interdict against the industrial action called by NUMSA. The union’s general secretary Irvin Jim said “We reject their attempts to blackmail workers into accepting reduced wages”

South Africa Airways South African unions continue fight to save national airline

Three major unions have offered to take up to 49% pay cut for the next two months due to the financial distress at South African Airways, while Business Rescue Practitioners have allegedly rejected the unions’ offer and recommended the winding down of the airlines

South African gold mining company abandons workers after asking them to return to work

60 workers were turned away by the company as the permitted capacity was exceeded. They are now stuck in overcrowded, unsanitary hostels with no way to get home

NUMSA South Africa Excellerate South Africa’s NUMSA calls out leading company for violating workers’ rights

Excellerate Services, owner of South Africa’s largest private security company, has failed to pay its workers’ outstanding wages while forcing them to work without PPEs, sanitizers and other protective measures, as per the union

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