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26 March 2006, Posted in Press Releases

About 1700 Goodyear employees in Port Elizabeth are set to embark on a legal strike this

week after management reportedly refused to employ 300 temporary workers for the past

five years.

These temporary workers have suffered repression from the labour broker- Kelly

Temporary Staffing Agency – which allegedly denied them medical aid and provident

fund benefits for five years.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has filed a notice to go

on strike after Goodyear management allegedly refused to employ the temporary workers

and the strike is to resume later this week.

Some of the temporary employees who suffer from chronic illnesses have not been able

to get medical attention because the company also refused to give them medical

assistance when they could not afford inflated medical bills. Sick workers were forced to

come to work because they could not get medical certificate as a result o their inability to

pay medical practitioners.

“We have done all in our power to persuade the management to change its intransigent

approach on this matter for the past two years. And, the new tyre and manufacturing

bargaining council has also failed to resolve the dispute, leaving us with no other

alternative but to embark on a disruptive strike action,” Andile Zitho NUMSA local

organizer said yesterday.

The union is also in dispute with Goodyear management over its misuse of workers who

were on learnership internship programs in the company. These workers were sourced

from unemployed people, but have not been granted work contracts since September

2005, he said.

NUMSA is also miffed at the treatment of these learners because they were forced to

work normal shifts like full time employees and worked overtime during weekends for a

meagre wages of R2 000 a month.

Workers on leanership programmes were not supposed to work in the production

operations on night shifts and over weekends. But, management insisted that it would

keep them on production lines because there were no modules to learn in classes. It has

also emerged that these workers have been kept on level 1 for longer periods because

learning materials were no longer available.

The strike will continue infinitely until management addressed the workers’ problems.

NUMSA is also deeply frustrated by management inconsistencies on government policies

regarding learnerships and the employment of contract workers for more than six months,

without affording them basic benefits in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

For more information contact:

Mziwakhe Hlangani, NUMSA national information officer

Mobile: 083 7293374.

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