COSATU (WESTERN CAPE) THREATENS NEASA MEMBERS
Dear NEASA member
A press statement from COSATU (Western Cape) threatening NEASA and its members, is enclosed for your information.
The threat is as a result of NEASA executing its legal and constitutional right to lock-out trade union members which have returned to work following the four week long strike in the Metal Industry. The lock-out follows the trade unions' refusal to entertain NEASA's demands in these negotiations.
If we give in to this, we will create a bleak future for ourselves: a future without employers, uncontrolled unemployment, entrenched poverty.
The press statement released by COSATU (Western Cape):
COSATU Western Cape to target NEASA Metal Companies in Western Cape
Tony Ehrenreich, COSATU Western Cape Provincial Secretary, 30 July 2014
Those Companies who lock out workers to force the acceptance of slave wages will see their companies closed down by COSATU in the Western Cape.
COSATU condemns NEASA, the Organisation of Metal Companies who did not sign the Engineering Wage Agreement, as part of those companies who want to maintain the apartheid generational advantages of those who benefited from apartheid.
For those companies both Black and White who think they can publicly show their support for continued slave wages, COSATU will do all that it can to close them down.
There are many other companies that can fill the orders that these exploiters presently hold and we will negotiate to get our members moved to the new plants with the work orders that are going there.
We will isolate and call for boycotts of those companies in the Western Cape who dare to lock out COSATU members and we will focus on the Directors’ personal assets and connections as well.
The arrogance of those companies, who think they can advance a DA agenda in the Western Cape of undermining workers’ rights, will be met with the full might of COSATU.
These companies will NOT be able to do business with any company organised by COSATU and we will call on our sister Unions internationally to boycott their products.
NEASA has a long history of promoting exploitative practices and are trying to make themselves relevant in an industry where companies have long rejected there backward agenda.
We are in the process of getting a list of NEASA members and will be targeting their member companies with boycotts.
COSATU supports NUMSA in this important Wage Agreement and this victory for workers in the Metal and Plastic industry.