Numsa members agree to wage offer but reject conditions

2014-07-25 11:03

Metalworkers’ union Numsa will continue a three-week strike after its regional branches accepted a wage offer from employers but rejected conditions relating to future pay negotiations, two union sources said today.

More than 200 000 National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) workers downed tools on July 2 to demand higher wages, halting production at carmakers including General Motors and affecting construction at new power plants.

This week, the main employer body, the Steel and Engineering Federation of South Africa (Seifsa), “reluctantly” agreed to raise salaries by between 7 and 10% following a government proposal to break the impasse.

However, in its offer Seifsa insisted on a tightening of a clause known as Section 37 that is meant to prevent unions “double-dipping”, or pressing for new demands at a factory or company level in spite of an existing industry-wide wage deal.

“The strike will continue because we have problems with changing Section 37. They want to make the union weak and toothless,” one union source said.

Another source said Numsa was open to meeting with employers over the weekend to try and broker an end to the strike, which is inhibiting growth in Africa’s most advanced economy.

Numsa officials declined to comment, saying their official position would be articulated at a news conference on Sunday.

The metals and engineering strike came soon after the end of a five-month walkout in the platinum sector, the longest and costliest strike in South Africa's history.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.