DA calls for change to strike law

Cape Town - Small and medium businesses should be excluded from collective bargaining agreements to which they are not signatories, the DA said on Wednesday.

"The DA will write to Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu requesting she advocate for the exclusion of small and medium business enterprises from collective bargaining agreements which they are not signatories to," DA MP Toby Chance said in statement.

This should be done through changes to the Labour Relations Amendment Act.

"This follows ongoing strike action within the metal and engineering sector [after] the signing of an agreement between major workers’ union Numsa and major employers’ association Seifsa.

"Sustained strike action within the sector comes as a result of continued haggling over wage disputes between Numsa and the smaller employers’ association - representing 3 000 small and medium size businesses - the National Employers' Association of South Africa [Neasa]."

Chance said Neasa was currently not bound to the terms of the agreement between the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), and had threatened to challenge it should the agreement be formally gazetted.

"Neasa maintains that its members cannot afford the 10% annual wage offer for three years agreed to by Seifsa and Numsa," he said.


I SAY 2014/07/30 10:32:06 PM
Strikes does not fit into todays framework of so call "democracy" and must now be classified as economic treason against human kind and the country.
Freddy G Davids 2014/07/30 11:27:29 PM
Its easy for the DA to advocate amending strike laws for small and medium businesses they clearly dont know what goes on behind these socalled struggling businesses walls,Doing welding work for R150 a day is nearly criminal exploitation of workers that is so sesperate to work, And the amazing thing this contract were for one of the cellphone giants in SA,I didnt hear about this I were there,DA stop exploitation before you rant about amending laws regarding employment
Sola Ntobeko 2014/07/31 04:33:16 AM
Thats how the laws that favours the opressors get ammended in this country. Business is a business even if its small aslong as there are employees in it. Try it Chance but i dont support u
Jenny Anderson 2014/07/31 09:14:45 AM
Unions should be crushed and banned.
Kim Kloppers 2014/07/31 09:22:48 AM
The picture is always the same ....men with sticks or knives ....
Cj Venter 2014/07/31 10:47:37 AM
why should increases be compulsory anyway? if you're not learning new skills or putting more effort in, why should you strike and demand more money for the same job? not happy with your wages, find a different job. hey, there's an idea, why not improve your skill and knowledge base so you can get further in life?
MHH 2014/07/31 11:52:11 AM
There is presently a very strong incentive to 'disemploy' in SA (for all sizes of businesses. Shaving off the surplus and redesigning the business to run with few or no employees; partitioning/fragmentation of the business, mechanizing, outsourcing and various forms of aggressive restructuring up to and including the complete closure/translocation of the business.
Ralph Thornley 2014/07/31 12:12:41 PM
Unions should be wound in. They are holding the country to ransom. They should also be held responsible for all damages caused during a strike. It is all too easy to claim that people who cause the damage are not members of their unions. Regardless of who these people are, the union leaders are the instigators of the strikes and as such must be held accountable!
Tertia Boswell 2014/07/31 01:49:16 PM
Why? Employers already have no rights! How about rather tightening the law against employees, e.g. the right to fire them?
Raoul Loggenberg 2014/07/31 07:03:20 PM
Strike....strike and strike again... Wawawaaaa.... Sure let's strike..no pay??? WTF?.?. The fat cats dont care and dont suffer at all! Lets see the diet between the union fat cats and the workers?? Personaly I like pap and wors....not just pap. They are costing us a major fortune! Never mind major forein investments!