Engineering sector wage talks unsuccessful, says federation

2011-07-12 08:55

Wage negotiations in the engineering sector have been unsuccessful so far, the Steel and Engineering Industries’ Federation of SA (Seifsa) said today.

“The differences between the two parties at this stage is substantial and it appears unlikely that an early resolution to the strike is possible,” said Seifsa’s executive director, David Carson.

Seifsa held talks with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) over the weekend and yesterday. It was possible that there would be further negotiations later in the week, Carson said.

More than 120 000 engineering workers are demanding increases of between 10% and 13%, and a ban on labour brokers.

The strike by Numsa started last week. Other unions also on strike in the sector are the Metal and Electrical Workers’ Union and the SA Equity Workers’ Association.

Striking workers planned to march to the Durban City Hall to hand over a memorandum to Seifsa this morning. They would be led by Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

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