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RAF: Numsa strike ‘unreasonable and without merit’

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JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) continued to strike against the road accident fund (Raf) Monday.

Numsa workers picked outside RAF offices in Menlo Park in Pretoria.

The union says the fund has been in a crisis since being declared bankrupt earlier this year.

Workers at the RAF have been on strike since Thursday.

On Friday they marched and handed a memorandum over to the department of transport in Pretoria.

The union’s Phakamile Hlubi says the union won't tolerate the situation any longer.

“Numsa workers are distressed, frustrated and have reached a point of no return and it is effectively why they have taken to the streets, to get South Africans to understand the focus at the crisis at RAF.”

Meanwhile, the fund has called Numsa's strike unreasonable and without merit.

Numsa claims some workers are earning below the earning wage, while some executives take home millions of rands a year.

The fund says although it is experiencing severe cash constraints, it still works hard to ensure employees receive appropriate remuneration.

Chief Executive Officer Eugene Watson says it will continue to engage Numsa through an ongoing private mediation process.

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