Numsa not budging on strike

Numsa says the strike can only be avoided if employers meet workers' demands. It accused employers of hiding behind the impact of the pandemic. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Metalworkers union Numsa will go on a national strike on 5 October.

It says over 430,000 workers across 9,000 steel and engineering companies will down tools.

Numsa initially demanded a one-year, 15 percent pay increase across the board.

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But in August, it revised its wage demand down to 8 percent after declaring a dispute at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council.

Numsa says the strike can only be avoided if employers meet workers' demands.

It accused employers of hiding behind the impact of the pandemic.

The sector, which has seen declining steel prices due to an increase in cheap imported steel, represents an estimated 1.5 percent of GDP.

Source
eNCA

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