Numsa plans to strike

The union is still negotiating with employers and the timing of the strike is unclear.

Numsa Secretary General Irvin Jim. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said it was planning to go on a wage strike in the engineering sector.

But the union said the mass action would not last as long as the one underway on the platinum belt.

Numsa's Irvin Jim said it was not yet clear when the strike would start as they were still negotiating with employers.

But he said the impact would be massive.

Meanwhile, Numsa on Thursday once again lashed out at the ANC.

It accused the ruling party of fuelling tensions in the tripartite alliance and blaming it for the nearly four-month long wage strike in the platinum sector.

ANC HITS BACK AT NUMSA

The ANC slated Jim for calling for the president's resignation over the Nkandla saga, saying he must rather focus on the union's own problems.

The union yesterday called for Zuma and the ministers who supported his security upgrades to leave office.

The ruling party's Keith Khoza argued Numsa's leader must not make political statements but rather leave it to politicians.

"He's trying to be a politician and not a trade unionist so we don't think he has an argument."

But Jim called the ANC and South African Communist Party's response to the Nkandla issue as an "arrogant defence to the looting".

"Nkandla is ruling elite spending a huge amount of public money for one man and his family

Numsa called on workers to defend Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and her report.