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Numsa ‘will exhaust all available options’ to join anti-corruption marches

The union has accused Nedlac of using delaying tactics & trying to sabotage its involvement in the march.

FILE: Numsa members on strike in 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it will exhaust all its available options to make sure it's members can join next week's anti-corruption marches planned in Cape Town and Pretoria.

The union has accused the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) of using delay tactics to sabotage its involvement in the ' Unite Against Corruption' campaign.

Nedlac yesterday granted Numsa a certificate to participate in a socio-economic strike against corruption, but it only becomes valid in two weeks.

That means union members will be unprotected if they participate next Wednesday.

Numsa's General Secretary Irvin Jim says the union will not accept Nedlac's decision.

"We're meeting with the senior council. We will probably also convene a meeting with the employers, to engage with them and to ask them what their take is. They were there when we followed all the procedures. They can see that this is a dirty game and the issues that we're raising cuts across the narrow interest of workers."