Numsa only wants to malign us, the RAF says
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.