Numsa only wants to ma­lign us, the RAF says

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - POLITICS - RE­FILWE MAGASHULE re­filwem@the­newage.co.za

THE lat­est al­le­ga­tions by the Na­tional Union of Me­tal­work­ers of South Africa ( Numsa) is ev­i­dence that the union would rather pre­oc­cupy it­self with ma­lign­ing the Road Ac­ci­dent Fund (RAF) than co- op­er­at­ing to cre­ate “con­ducive con­di­tions”.

This was the po­si­tion taken by RAF act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Lin­delwa Jabavu yes­ter­day. The RAF was re­spond­ing to Numsa be­ing granted a strike cer­tifi­cate from the Com­mis­sion for Con­cil­i­a­tion, Me­di­a­tion and Ar­bi­tra­tion (CCMA).

Numsa had said it was ag­grieved that work­ers at RAF Johannesburg of­fices were ex­posed to harm­ful work­ing con­di­tions.

Last month, “a fire in the CBD of­fices re­sulted in ex­tended power cuts”, which meant that air con­di­tion­ing units were not work­ing.

“Eight work­ers fainted from the heat, caused by work­ing in a win­dow­less en­vi­ron­ment.

“The build­ing has poor san­i­ta­tion, ex­pos­ing work­ers to po­ten­tial dan­ger­ous ill­nesses and in­fec­tions,” Numsa’s act­ing na­tional spokesper­son Phakamile Hlubi said.

Jabavu dis­missed Numsa’s state­ment and said they “were bla­tantly false and will not de­rail us from our man­date to cover, com­pen­sate and rehabilitate ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent victims”.

Ac­cord­ing to Jabavu, two days af­ter the blackout oc­curred, the build­ing in which the RAF op­er­ates, Mar­ble Tow­ers, saw its land­lord al­low­ing RAF work­ers back into the build­ing.

Fur­ther­more, Jabavu said busi­ness con­tin­ued on two of the RAF Johannesburg branch’s five floors and that in­dus­trial fans were set up to al­le­vi­ate the heat dis­com­fort.

With re­gard to RAF’s of­fices in Men­lyn, Numsa mem­bers had com­plained that for nearly a month they were forced to share work sta­tions be­cause the com­put­ers in the lit­i­ga­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion depart­ment were seized by the sher­iff.

Jabavu said the re­cent at­tach­ment of 100 lap­tops by the sher­iff of the Court at RAF’s re­gional of­fices in Men­lyn only dis­rupted the busi­ness tem­po­rar­ily.

“Con­tin­gency plans were put in place whereby ex­tra lap­tops were ac­quired and utilised by crit­i­cal staff,” Jabavu said.

RAF’s pro­duc­tiv­ity rises, as its ex­pen­di­ture rises, and all avail­able cash is utilised, Jabavu said.

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