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Numsa to strike from October 5 in engineering sector

After wage talks deadlocked, the union said on Tuesday.
Image: REUTERS/Rogan Ward

South African union Numsa will stage a national strike in the country’s engineering sector from October 5 after wage talks reached a deadlock, the union said on Tuesday.

Employers in the important economic sector, which has struggled amid an economic downturn exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, have baulked at Numsa’s demands for an 8% rise in the first year and inflation plus 2% for the following two years.

Industry body, Seifsa, which is offering a 4.4% hike for 2021, inflation plus 0.5% in 2022 and inflation plus 1% in the third year confirmed the deadlock and strike call with Reuters.

“We will launch the strike with a national march,” the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said in a statement.

Numsa is the largest trade union in the engineering sector and has hit a deadlock with the four big employer associations in the Engineering Bargaining Council, which represents around 430 000 workers in 90 000 companies around South Africa.

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of SA (Seifsa) said strike action would have significant impact on the struggling economy and companies.

“We have experienced unprecedented job losses and companies are really struggling to keep their doors open,” said Lucio Trentini, chief executive of Seifsa.

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Just another reason why you should NEVER invest a cent in this country. It will just come to nothing and be destroyed.

This strike will benefit whom? I think no one. The world is changing very rapidly, the days of labor unions are almost over. This strike will just result in more jobs being lost, and most probably damage to assets. There is no role for Unions in a country with 30%+ unemployment.

Standby for more arson, looting and infrastructural damage. Standard practice of strikers in S.A., egged on by their unions. And of course there will be no arrests, no accountability: can’t arrest COSATU/ANC supporters, can we.

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