Jim vows to fight for workers

The Numsa general secretary called for the nationalisation of mines and an export tax on minerals.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will fight for policies that will create jobs, General Secretary Irvin Jim said on Tuesday.

He made the comments at a Cape Town Press Club conference this afternoon.

Jim says a sober decision was taken not to vigorously campaign for the ANC, as was done in the past.

He says the ruling party is failing the working class.

Under ANC leadership, more jobs were lost than created over the past 20 years, Jim added.

He further says Numsa will not dance to the tune of the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

Jim says foreign investors do not really care about the poor and labelled them "global looters".

He believes an export tax on minerals would be valuable for South Africa's economy and called for the nationalisation of mines.