Several incidents of violence and vandalism have occurred since the beginning of the strike. But Numsa, the largest South African Union in number of members, defends himself by any intimidation. "We explain to workers that it is important that everyone supporting the movement, because each will benefit from what we get," said simply Wanda Siswana, one of the organizers of the picket lines. The work stoppage concerns about 220. 000 employees of the steel sector of mechanical and key buildings more than 10. 000 companies. A number that increases rapidly in the manufacturing industry (15% of South African GDP), fault of spare parts. Automakers Toyota and Ford were forced to discontinue their production. According to the Federation of the industries of steel and mechanical engineering in South Africa (Seifsa), the strike would cost EUR 20 million per day, and employers argue that it will seriously damage a sector already in difficulty. "The reputation of South Africa among investors is increasingly tarnished by these successive strikes. If we wanted to push companies to move elsewhere, it would not take otherwise, fulmine Economist Mike ShÃ¼ssler. The worst thing is that workers lose more money in these strikes, lasting several weeks, they earn at the end of the negotiations’. Social movements are not unusual in South Africa, at the time the discussions of wage adjustments by branch of activity. But the positions harden. The USW strike succeeded another movement in the mines of Platinum, which lasted five months. Once again, the negotiations with management failed repeatedly and Numsa has warned that he would not go down below 10% increase for all workers (inflation in South Africa is slightly more than 6%). NUMSA also wants an agreement for one year only – instead of three, usually in the sector, in order to renegotiate salaries each year, and calls for the end of the use of the interim. The Minister of labour, Milfred Oliphant tried to intercede in negotiations to prevent a prolonged movement that could plunge the economy into recession. "Workers have had enough. More than 20 years after the end of apartheid, the economic structure of society has not changed and the system remains based on the exploitation of black labor, particularly because the access to training is very limited, said Sizwe Dlamini, regional Secretary of Numsa in Johannesburg. "Inequalities increase, companies making significant profits, but workers still do not receive a decent salary," added, considering that the African national Congress (ANC) "did not enough to change this" since coming to power in 1994. The powerful Steelworkers Union is increasing its distance from the ANC, still hegemonic party in South Africa. In the general elections of may, Numsa detached from the national trade union confederation (Cosatu), Member of the Government coalition, by refusing to support president Jacob Zuma in his campaign. "Numsa wants to show that it is aligned on the CNA or the Cosatu, and that it is capable of representing a force on the left of the ruling party, said independent political analyst Nic Borain. But workers, many still support ANC, do not want to be used in a political agenda. NUMSA must therefore be cautious. " The positions of the Union and employers seem to be somewhat reconciled these days. But this political dimension adds uncertainty to the outcome of the strike. Of course, it concerns a revaluation of wages and working conditions, but it also allows Numsa said its position on the political spectrum. . Related data can be found clicking http://da.mindreadingsecrets.biz.
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