Steel sector workers return to work

Numsa commenced its national strike on Tuesday demanding an eight-percent wage increase for workers.

eNCA/Heidi Giokos

JOHANNESBURG - Thousands of workers in the steel and engineering sector will return to work on Friday.

This comes after a three-week strike ended on Thursday.

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

The sector lost about R500,000 in output in the first week of industrial action.

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Workers, in turn, lost R100,000 million in wages.

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

In August, it revised it down to 8 percent after declaring a dispute at the Bargaining Council.

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


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