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Johannesburg - Automakers including Ford Motor and Volkswagen AG will start wage negotiations with South African workers, hoping to avoid a repeat of crippling, weeks-long strikes that have paralysed the industry in the past.

While the two sides have held informal discussions for months, formal bargaining between the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the Automobile Manufacturers Employers Organisation (AMEO) will begin June 21, Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim said by phone.

“I think we are heading for very tough negotiations," Jim said. “We hope we can resolve these negotiations without repeating the past."

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