Numsa to march in PE

2010-09-09 07:24

National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members will march in Port Elizabeth today to highlight their demands for a 15% wage increase within the service, tyre, dealership and components sectors.

They plan to hand a memorandum of their demands to representatives of the Retail Motor Industry and the Fuel Retailers Association, with whom they are negotiating for a 15% pay increase.

They plan to converge at Centenary Hall and march to Vuyisile Mini Square to deliver the memorandum.

Yesterday, they announced they had not accepted the latest offer of 10%, up from the last offer of 6.6%.

Their demands extend beyond the wage increment and include, according to area regional treasurer, Mphumzi Maqungo:

» A R20 minimum per hour for the lowest paid in all sectors;

» That the night shift allowance be 20% over what they would normally earn during the day;

» The afternoon shift allowance be at 15%. This would address transport and safety logistics for workers who do shifts that end at night;

» A 40-hour week with full pay. He explained there were companies that allowed 45 hours, but if this was reduced to 40 hours more people would get guaranteed work as a form of job creation;

» Sunday work be paid at double. He explained the shift system had some people starting their working week on days other than Monday, and they got the Sunday paid as a normal working day.

» They want six months’ full paid maternity leave. They currently are allowed to take six months, but they don’t get their full salary so tend to return to work earlier.

Other demands include a one-year bargaining agreement, banning labour brokers, four weeks’ severance pay for every year of service without limitations or ceiling and an employer contribution of 70 percent for retirement and medical benefits.

Yesterday, General Motors SA shut down its Isuzu KB line as a result of the strike in the auto components sector.

This follows factory closures by Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Toyota and BMW last week.

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