Thousands expected at Numsa march

Today's mass action is expected to hit operations in the metal and automotive sectors.

FILE: Today's mass action by Numsa is expected to hit operations in the metal and automotive sectors. Picture:Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Thousands of members of the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) and its affiliates are expected to march across the country today, with the biggest gathering expected in the Johannesburg CBD.

Today's mass action is expected to hit operations in the metal and automotive sectors.

Numsa has disputed claims that government's Employment Tax Incentive Act has resulted in the creation of 56,000 jobs since it was passed into law.

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

The union's deputy secretary Karl Cloete said, "If we say that any job is a job and any pay is pay, as long as you get paid, then we aren't serious about poverty, unemployment and inequality because we'll never lift our people out of poverty."

Johannesburg Metro Police have warned motorists to use alternative routes ahead of the march.

Spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said, "Protestors will gather at Zoo Lake then head to Jan Smuts Avenue to 7th Street in Parktown where they will hand over a memorandum of demands. Motorists can use Oxford Road and officers will be monitoring the area."

Meanwhile, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Sidumo Dlamini said last week he hasn't yet seen a response from Numsa to the federation's demand for reasons why it should not be expelled or suspended.

Numsa said it sent a 54-page response to Cosatu.