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Numsa opposes application to have transport workers categorised as essential

If successful, the application would prevent the workers from taking part in any legally protected strike.

FILE: Numsa's Irvin Jim (C) at a media briefing on 24 April 2018. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Metalworkers union Numsa has opposed an application to the CCMA essential services committee - by the Black Consumer Council - which claims that workers in the transport sector should be categorised as essential service.

If successful, the application would prevent the workers from taking part in any legally protected strike.

Numsa made presentations to the council saying the transportation sector doesn't fall into the legal definition of what constitutes an essential service.

Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said, “We view this application as an attack on the right to strike. The public will be informed about the outcome.”

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