NEHAWU SAVES JOBS FOR METROPOLITAN AND MOMENTUM WORKERS by sdsdfqw21

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									                NEHAWU SAVES JOBS FOR METROPOLITAN
                     AND MOMENTUM WORKERS

NEHAWU SAVES JOBS FOR METROPOLITAN AND MOMENTUM WORKERS

Earlier this year, it came to the attention of NEHAWU that Metropolitan and Momentum were planning to merge
(combine) these two companies. This was going to result in 1 500 workers, employed by these companies loosing their
jobs through retrenchments. NEHAWU immediately approached the Competition Commission, with a request to be
cited as the representative of all employees in the two companies and challenge the merger of these companies.

Despite the fact that we have a small number of members in these two companies, we assumed the full responsibility
to protect the jobs for all including those that are not our members. Since merger processes are technical, we
appointed a team of attorneys who are experts in the field of mergers and labour law to represent all workers of the
two companies at no costs to the workers. We asked the Competition Commission to arrange a workshop to ensure
that we are capacitated to deal with this matter.

We were conscious of the fact that mergers of this nature are done in the interest of the bosses to service their greed
through making super profits at the expense of the workers. Inevitably, the easiest way to increase their profits is by
cutting back on the most valuable resource, which is human resource through large scale retrenchments.

Our fears were realised when the Competition Commission was informed that after the merger, the companies
intended to retrench approximately 1 500 workers. The Competition Commission conditionally approved the merger
with the understanding that not more than 1 500 workers would be retrenched. The matter was then referred to the
Competitions Tribunal for a final decision.

NEHAWU’s team of attorneys argued our case for job security, fighting tooth and nail to ensure that no retrenchments
took place. Today, we can proudly announce that the Competition Tribunal agreed with NEHAWU’s argument and
approved the merger on condition that MMI Holdings, the merged entity, must ensure that there are no retrenchments in
South Africa resulting from the merger for a period of two (2) years from the effective date of the proposed transaction.

Clearly, the bosses are not happy with this victory for workers! Bosses may do all sorts of things even to challenge the
final decision of the Competition Tribunal. It is in this context that we advise all the workers to protect themselves by
joining NEHAWU to ensure that together we continue our struggle for job security, better wages and improved working
conditions. Workers that are ready to join NEHAWU should contact Vusi Mabizela 082 332 1357.

Join a progressive, fighting union that cares about you, the worker.
Forward to job security!!!
VIVA NEHAWU VIVA!!!




                                                                                                               Issued by the NEHAWU Communications Dept.

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