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NUMSA rejects new wage offer

Engineering strike continues.
Image: Reuters

South Africa’s biggest engineering union, NUMSA, has rejected a new wage offer as a national strike that has already hit output at car maker BMW enters its second week on Thursday, employer body SEIFSA said.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), with around 155 000 members organised in the sector, have been on strike since October 5 to press for higher wages, an action that could hit supplies of parts to make new cars and accessories.

On Monday, luxury car maker BMW said it lost production at its main vehicle assembly plant in South Africa when a number of suppliers were affected.

“Regrettably at the conclusion of last night’s meeting we can report that we do not have an agreement,” Lucio Trentini, chief executive at industry body Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA), told Reuters.

“We will regroup this morning and plot the way forward. The revised and improved offer has been rejected,” he added, after NUMSA took a revised offer to the members last week.

The strike was launched after wage talks hit a deadlock and arbitration failed, with NUMSA demanding an 8% across-the-board wage rise in the first year, and inflation plus 2% for the second and third years.

SEIFSA had offered 4.4% for 2021, inflation plus 0.5% in 2022 and inflation plus 1% in the third year.

A NUMSA spokeswoman did not comment and said the group planned to have a media briefing later in the day.

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I so enjoy it when they destroy their own future!!

Go for it. Bring the industry to its knees or no wait!! Destroy it!!

Hahahahaaaa!!!

It’s just such a pity that they then also destroy the prospects for the whole country – I can’t see what there is to cheer and gloat about.

For some that are currently discriminated against the only way to survive is to “short” SA as a whole or is it hole?

The anc and its cohorts are maybe 2 mil “people” in total yet the whole country suffers because of their selfishness.

When they self-destruct and unfortunately the country too that’s the time to go “Long” SA. That is called the bottom.

I think the sooner the better.

BMW should just pull out and go elsewhere. Mind given that all ANC and EFF cadres have BMW,s I guess it’s a good market . They should market a new model called the BMW VBS one off special.

Just send them home permanently.

They can hire a younger, smarter and hungry to work/succeed generation.

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