Putco says NUMSA’s call to boycott its services is irresponsible

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Bus company Putco has called the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s (NUMSA) call for commuters to boycott their services as irresponsible.

NUMSA says in a statement that Putco is mistreating 120 suspended workers who went on an unprotected strike over wages in October 2022.

Putco spokesperson Lindokuhle Xulu, “It is essentially asking breadwinners to jeopardize their jobs and the economic well-being of their families. We encourage commuters to continue to come to our buses and disregard calls that could compromise their livelihoods.”

NUMSA says it stands by its call for commuters to boycott Putco.

NUMSA spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola says they will march to Putco’s offices on Friday.

“NUMSA is calling on commuters to boycott Putco. We will also be marching to the offices of the bus company on Friday the 23rd of February. As part of the campaign because the greedy management is cruel and inhumane. Putco is at war with workers and they must be stopped.”