Numsa steel strike ends

File: Numsa-gen

File: The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa is the country’s biggest metalworkers union. RODGER BOSCH / AFP


JOHANNESBURG - Numsa has accepted an above-inflation wage offer of six percent.

The sector lost about R500-million in output in the first week of industrial action.

Workers, in turn, lost R100-million in wages.

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

In August, it revised it down to eight-percent after declaring a dispute at the Bargaining Council.

Almost 200,000 workers will now return to work.

Manufacturers dependent on the steel sector can now also start clearing their backlogs.


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