Employer group warns of wage and jobs wipeout if Numsa strike drags on

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Numsa called on all engineering workers across the country to down tools and fight for a living wage.
Numsa called on all engineering workers across the country to down tools and fight for a living wage.
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As the strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) in the steel and engineering sector enters its second week, more employer associations are voicing the concerns regarding the impact a protracted strike will have for the ailing sector and the economy at large.

Last week, Numsa met employer associations to negotiate a deal that could end the strike, but rejected all offers. The strike saw workers lose an estimated R100 million in wages in its first week alone, and employers have reported violence and intimidation at work operations.

The strike comes after the union declared disputes with various employer formations during the steel and engineering wage talks, including the Steel and Engineering Industry Federation of South Africa (Seifsa), the National Employers' Association of South Africa (Neasa) and the South African Engineering and Founders' Association (Saefa).

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