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13 March 2007, Posted in Press Releases

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa in Pretoria region plans to stage mass demonstrations on Japanese Embassy in solidarity with 410 Nissan employees who are facing retrenchments.

Numsa plans to organize buses in order to ferry thousands of Numsa members in Hlanganani region to participate in protest action on Friday, March 23, 2007 in Brooklyn Pretoria.

Nissan management unilaterally gave workers with retrenchment packages, with effect from 1st April, 2007 and without negotiating retrenchments with the union, Hlanganani regional organizer of Numsa, David Modimoeng has said.

“We want Japanese government to intervene because we believe the Nissan in Japan has instructed this plant to further reduce the workforce. The company also indicated that it could not afford to keep these employees since it was no longer going to assemble Fiats in Roslyn plant, Pretoria.

Numsa also urged the International Metalworkers Federation in the Southern African region to pledge solidarity with Nissan retrenches.

The company has reduced the workforce from 7 500 to 1 800 in the past nine years from in 1998 up to now.

For more information contact Mziwakhe Hlangani, National information officer at 082 940 7116.