'No deal!' - Numsa persists with strike as employers warn of job losses

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The strike comes after Numsa declared disputes with various employer formations during the steel and engineering wage talks.
The strike comes after Numsa declared disputes with various employer formations during the steel and engineering wage talks.
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A week into the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa's (Numsa) strike in the metal and engineering sector, pressure is mounting on employers, with their associations warning that the strike will batter the industry and workers alike.

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).

Seifa offered a 4.4% increase for the current year, 0.5% plus CPI in the second year and 1% plus CPI in the third year. 

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