CALL FOR WORKERS UNITY IN THE MOTOR SECTOR!
Workers International Vanguard League condemns the intransigent approach
of the motor sector bosses in the current wage negotiations. They are exploiting
the divisions at the VWSA plant and the fact that the mass dismissal of the
1386 workers in February last year was now upheld by the Labour Appeal Court.
Now that the VWSA bosses have closed their Audi line and by now have dismissed
virtually all the replacement labour, the Numsa leaders and the so-called patriots,
in the unions, the government and the universities remain quiet. It is
abundantly clear that the mass dismissal of last year was nothing else but a
mass retrenchment exercise, at the same time escaping paying packages and getting
rid of workers who were fighting globalisation at the shopfloor. The fight against
unemployment, for the state and the Cosatu and Numsa leaders, is timidly
submissive to the whims of big capital.
In part, the miserable track record of the Numsa leaders have given the bosses
the high ground to roll back workers' rights. The LAC-VWSA ruling was clear
that the deciding factor was that the Numsa leadership agreed with the VWSA
bosses that the workers could be dismissed. A mandate of any form is regarded
by the LAC triumvirate as completely irrelevant! The lesson from this that any
form of partnership with the bosses is a policy of disaster. The capitalists
are loyal only to their profit levels. Give them a finger and they will take
your arm, if not the entire body! The compromise policy of the Numsa leaders
has clouded the class war and reduced unionism into the policy of the begging
bowl. The long history of 2 or 3 year agreements set the basis for the bosses'
current intransigence. The Numsa leaders have consistently ignored any form
of struggle for the reinstatement of the dismissed workers. Instead of fighting
the issue, they link assistance to rejoining of Numsa.
At the same time, the deafening silence by the OCGAWU leaders on the no-strike
agreement at Spinning MIlls, speaks volumes. These misleaders are chasing subs
and the principle of workers' unity has been thrown out the front door. The
policy of depending on the pro-capitalist courts at the exclusion of working
class unity in action, has been disastrous. Both OCGAWU and Numsa leaders cannot
be depended upon to defend working class interests!
We call on all workers in the motor sector, irrespective of being OCGAWU,
NUMSA or SAWU, to unite in action against the attacks by the bosses. If the
Numsa members decide on a strike, then all OCGAWU and SAWU members should
come out as well. The leadership of the strike should be taken out of the
hands of the leadership and put in the hands of a broad inter-union strike
FORWARD TO AN INDEFINITE STRIKE UNTIL ALL WORKERS' DEMANDS ARE MET!
FORWARD TO A 1 YEAR AGREEMENT!
FORWARD TO A LIVING WAGE!
FORWARD TO THE REINSTATEMENT OF ALL VWSA DISMISSED WORKERS!
issued by Workers International Vanguard League, 1st Floor Community House,
41 Salt Rivr rd, Salt River, 7925 ph/fax 021 4476777 email: email@example.com
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