Numsa mulls over revised wage offer

2014-07-11 11:17

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) was consulting members on the revised offer from the metal and engineering employers, the union has said.

“We are still busy consulting. We will have a press conference on Sunday to give an update,” said spokesperson Castro Ngobese.

The national executive committee (NEC) of Numsa met on Wednesday to receive feedback after negotiations facilitated by the department of labour were held.

After the NEC meeting, all nine Numsa regions met to give members feedback and decide on mandates for what should constitute a resolution of the strike.

The labour department has facilitated meetings between Numsa and employers’ associations in an attempt to resolve the strike which began on July 1.

In a memorandum to employers, Numsa demanded a 12% wage increase with effect from July 1, and a R1 000 housing allowance in a one-year bargaining agreement.

Their demand was originally for 15%.

The union further demanded the total ban of labour brokers.

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of SA (Seifsa) tabled a three-year wage offer of between eight and 10% for different levels of workers in the first year.

The first category of worker was offered 7% in 2015 and 2016, while the others were offered 9% in the second year, and 8% in the final year.

The employers’ organisation, representing 27 independent employer associations with a membership of over 2 000 companies, also scrapped its demand for the wages of entry-level workers to be halved.

The National Employers’ Association of SA (Neasa) has offered 8%, subject to an agreement on the reduction of the entry level wage.

On Monday, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant’s spokesperson Mokgadi Pela said the parties were close to an agreement.

“We are trying to iron out some sticky issues,” he said.

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