Numsa vows to fight for right to strike

Irvin Jim raised concerns about labour reforms proposed by the state and supported by the ANC.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has vowed to launch mass demonstrations against the state if limitations are put on a workers' right to strike.

The union has concluded it symposium of left socialist movements in Benoni this weekend.

The symposium was attended by delegates from countries such as Brazil, South Korea, Germany, Nigeria, Egypt and Ghana.

The union's General Secretary Irvin Jim has raised serious concerns about labour reforms proposed by the state and supported by the ANC.

Jim says they will reject any forced arbitration.

"We must fight and reject the limitation of the right to strike that Gwede Mantashe wants to introduce."

On Friday Jim blamed economic instability in South Africa on what he said has been two decades of anti-working class policies from government.

He said the reason why investors have become hesitant to come to South Africa is not because of labour problems but rather the policies implemented by the post-apartheid administration.

Jim added that former Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel and former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni created a failing situation.