Metal strike: Solidarity, Seifsa one step closer to sealing deal

2014-07-28 17:53

Solidarity has indicated that it would accept the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of SA’s (Seifsa) offer of a three-year salary agreement.

“The offer comprises salary increases of 8% to 10% in year one, 7.5% to 10% in year two and 7% to 10% in year three,” said union spokesperson Marius Croucamp today.

In terms of the proposal, section 37 of the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council collective agreement would remain in place, with a provision that existing company-level agreements stay in force.

“Section 37 protects employers from having to engage in substantive negotiations at plant level once a deal has been concluded on wages and related conditions of employment at national level,” said Seifsa.

The majority union in the sector, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), is expected to make public its decision on whether the offer would be accepted.

Over 200 000 Numsa members in the metal and engineering sector downed tools on July 1, demanding a salary increase of 12%, down from their pre-strike demand of 15%.

They also demanded a R1 000 housing allowance and a total ban on labour brokers.

The union announced on July 13 that it had lowered its wage demand to 10%.

The labour department and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) facilitated talks between Seifsa and unions earlier this month when negotiations between the parties deadlocked.

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