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SA steelworkers back pay deal to end protracted strike

The union is expected to ask its members to start reporting for work from Friday.
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The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa agreed to a new wage deal for steelworkers to bring an end to a strike that’s dragged on since October 5, according to two people familiar with the pay negotiations.

The union is expected to ask its members to start reporting for work from Friday and operations should fully resume next week, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity as the union is yet to make an official announcement. Numsa accepted a 5% wage increase for skilled workers and 6% for those with general skills, one of the people said.

The strike affected some mining, construction, engineering and metallurgical businesses. The labour action has dealt a further blow to an economy that shrank 6.4% last year due to stop-start shutdowns that were imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Lucio Trentini, chief executive officer of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa, said he wouldn’t comment before Numsa specified what it would do. Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, the union’s spokeswoman, said an announcement would be made later on Thursday.

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Where is EFFY?? I told them to stay away until they get 20% !!!!

You mean the “Robert from Sydney” under cover guy?

Remember him!

Money was running out , it barely lands and evaporates again,
and faster if you stay at home.

Common sense.

When can we anticipate for retrenchments to commence?

The embattled employer agrees to a 6% wage increase and then immediately begins to implement a 12% reduction in the wage bill by laying off 20% of the lowest earners.

For the unions, a 6% increase turns into a 20% loss of membership over time. The successes of wage negotiations directly correlate to the rise in unemployment. This means the Tripartite Alliance is a body that transfers the livelihoods of the unemployed masses to enrich the shrinking pool of politically connected labour union members.

Labour laws enslave the consumers and the unemployed workers to the Tripartite Alliance, but it is impossible for ANC supporters to connect the dots. People with the slave mentality will always succeed at enslaving themselves.

In todays economy, the unions should be rather concentrating on trying to get their members to be 8% more productive, to demonstrate how valuable they are to their employers, and why they should keep their jobs. A job is a privilege, not a right. The productivity in this country is way way below what it could and should be.

Until next year. Then it starts all over again. Copy and paste. Same story, same excuses, same outcome, same images of red shirted militants toyi toying their way to hunger and poverty,trying to their level best become unemployed. The mind boggles, it truly does.

And the jobs just keep shrinking away. Irvin Jim kept on earning his salary while members keep voting for him. Does not compute. What did Numsa actually achieve except for lost wages …. ?

Maybe its time for another 5 year plan from the govt.? Or will it be another International Donor Conference attended by BMW, Mercedes, Eswatini, Lesotho and South Sudan?

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