VAAL TRIANGLE - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) is on strike at Toyota. According to NUMSA National spokesperson, PhakamileHlubi-Majola, the management team at Toyota stubbornly refuses to engage with their demands. As a result, the trade union members have been forced to withdraw their labour. She said Toyota is an untransformed company which routinely fails BBBEE compliance targets and that they also repeatedly fail to meet their own Employment Equity target. Hlubi-Majola said some of their demands include the establishment of a Transformation Committee which will oversee and participate in the recruitment and procurement process.
However, Toyota SA has since refuted the claims by Numsa, calling their statements a "misrepresentation of the facts". Toyota last night said it would like to place on record that the statement issued by the Numsa relating to the strike action at Toyota’s Prospecton Plant and Atlas Road Warehouse, is a misrepresentation of the facts and is, in some instances, defamatory. TSAM said it would like to reiterate that it remained committed to ongoing engagement in good faith with the union in order to come to a satisfactory resolution.