Numsa Statement On The Dismissed 245 Dunlop Workers!

The KwaZulu-Natal National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) sees the so-called dismissal of the two hundred and forty five (245) workers by Dunlop’s filthy rich capitalist bosses as a continuous and malicious offensive by capital to undermine workers’ hard won right to strike and a misguided ploy to liquidate the collective bargaining power of the union.

Dunlop workers have been on a protected strike action since August 22, 2012, in demand of a living wage and improved conditions of employment as encoded in the Labour Relations Act.

The struggles of the Dunlop workers has been a genuine and legitimate demand for fair and equal redistribution of wealth at the point of production, amidst the skyrocketing cost of living and deepening socio-economic hardships faced by working class and poor households.

As NUMSA, we will strongly fight for the re-instatement of these dismissed workers, because we will never allow the Dunlop ruling oligarchy to subject workers in poverty wages, whilst their greedy managers are receiving scandalous and excessive remuneration perks.

We call on the workers not to be threatened by these concocted threats of dismissals, but remain united and vigilant until their demands of a living wage are met by Dunlop bosses. We also want to call on Dunlop bosses to open doors of engagement with the union with the sole intention of resolving the prolonged strike action.

We refuse to conform to market embedded strategy of profit maximisation whilst our members are economically bleeding and feeling the pinch of the high cost of living and the burden imposed on them by the triple crisis of poverty, unemployment and inequalities.


Mbuso Ngubane, Regional Secretary – 079 502 3242


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