Seifsa ‘disappointed’ as Numsa rejects offer

2014-07-04 11:01

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has rejected a new offer by the metals and engineering industries’ biggest employers’ organisation, says the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of SA (Seifsa).

Numsa could not immediately be reached for confirmation.

Seifsa said today that during yesterday’s meeting with the union, it tabled an offer which it believed could have ended the strike.

It tabled a three-year wage offer of between 8% and 10% for different levels of workers in the first year.

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

Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba said it was deeply disappointed that the offer was not accepted as it was the “very best” that could be made under the present economic circumstances.

The previous offer was a three-year deal of between 7% and 8% for different levels of workers in the first year and CPI-linked increases for next year and 2016.

Numsa wanted a one-year bargaining agreement, including a 15% wage increase, a R1 000 housing allowance and the scrapping of labour brokers.

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

Nyatsumba said: “Regrettably ... it would appear that we continue to be miles apart with the union as a result, among other things, of patently political demands about which we can do nothing.”

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