Numsa issues strike notice to motor industry

2013-09-05 14:21

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) today issued its 48-hour strike notice to employers in the retail motor industry, paving the way for a protected strike on Monday.

The Numsa letter to the Fuel Retailers’ Association and Retail Motor Industry Organisation comes before a meeting scheduled for tomorrow between the parties.

“We are always available to find an amicable resolution as speedily as possible, to avoid a protracted strike, if not averted,” reads the letter.

The list of demands in the diverse sector, which includes petrol station attendants, car salesmen and manufacturing workers, includes a minimum wage of R6 000 per month or R30 per hour “to be achieved by July 1 2016”.

As things stand, the lowest wage in the sector is that of petrol pump attendants at R10.73 per hour. For employees already earning R30 per hour, Numsa wants an increase of R30 “on actual pay”.

Other far-reaching demands include a final and total ban on labour brokers in the sector, following the 2011 agreement that limited their use and already banned it at petrol stations.

The country’s largest labour brokers are currently challenging the old agreement in court.

Numsa also wants all wage differentials between geographic areas eliminated.

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