Numsa wants employment act scrapped

The union's Irvin Jim says the legislation offers young people stupid jobs with no real benefits.

Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) sing at Zoo Lake in Johannesburg ahead of their march to Nedlac offices on 19 March 2014. Picture: Zikhona Miso/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Employment Tax Incentive Act is an attack on the youth and the older working class, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim said on Wednesday.

He made the comments to protesters gathered outside the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac)'s offices in Johannesburg.

Numsa on Wednesday handed over a memorandum of demands to representatives from Nedlac and three government departments.

The union has disputed claims that the act has resulted in the creation of 56,000 jobs since it was passed into law.

Numsa is demanding the act be scrapped, saying it only provides a false solution to the country's unemployment problem.

Jim says the legislation offers young people stupid jobs with no real benefits.

In its memorandum, the union rejects the act and calls on government to institute a national minimum living wage.

It also wants the state to ban labour brokers and create what the union calls "decent jobs and opportunities for the youth".

Jim says government should take its grievances seriously, claiming the union has shut down the economy through Wednesday's nationwide mass action.

He is now locked in a meeting with officials from the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Labour, National Treasury as well as Nedlac.