The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) distances itself from allegations of violence and destruction of property. The employers in the plastics sector have accused our members of participating in acts of violence and vandalism. They have accused us of burning down Artefusion, a Plastics factory in Ladybrand in the Northern Cape. They also claim that our members vandalized and destroyed property at DPI Plastics.

We want to state upfront that we reject any allegations of criminal behaviour. The fire at Artefusion occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning. Some of our members were held for questioning, but they were released soon thereafter because there was no evidence against them.

We reject attempt by the employers to blame us for violence and vandalism. We want to remind them that we operate in a legal framework where everyone is innocent until proven guilty. The allegations made by Employers are unfounded and not based on fact.

We met employers on Friday in an attempt to settle the strike. Unfortunately we remain far apart from each other. Employers seem determined to impose conditions which will worsen the working environment for our members. However, our members remain militant and disciplined. Meanwhile the strike in the Plasics sector continues.

Aluta continua!

The struggle continues!

Issued by Irvin Jim

NUMSA General Secretary

For more information, please contact:

Phakamile Hlubi-Majola

NUMSA National Spokesperson