Nedlac says Numsa may strike... in two weeks

Nedlac says there is no protection for workers who join anti-corruption marches next week.

FILE: Numsa members in Johannesburg in March 2014. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) has granted National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) a certificate to go on a socio-economic strike against corruption, but it only becomes valid in two weeks.

This means if Numsa members join next week's unite against corruption marches planned in Cape Town and Pretoria they won't be protected.

The standing committee that considered the application met in Johannesburg again on Friday and granted the certificate after an agreement could not be reached with the presidency, treasury and Business Unity SA.

Talks reached a stalemate when the parties met again at Nedlac's headquarters this morning.

The metalworker's union reiterated its calls for a commission of inquiry to investigate corruption in the public and private sector.

But treasury says this would be too expensive and there were different means of addressing their demands.

Nedlac says Numsa members would be protected if they marched against corruption in two weeks, but there is no protection for workers who join the anti-corruption marches next week.

Unite Against Corruption convenor Zwelinzima Vavi says the protest action will go ahead regardless of Nedlac's certificate.