numsaBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) this week issued a statement saying that, despite three rounds of wage talks with the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), it had again left with empty hands.  

The current agreement under the Motor Industries Bargaining Council expires on 31 August and covers a number of sectors.  Numsa is negotiating for what it calls a “living wage”, which it wants to come in from September.  Numsa advised as follows:  “Employers have rejected Numsa’s demands for a wage increase for the workers.  Employers in this sector are convinced that their workers are overpaid and have offered not even a cent as a wage increase.”  Numsa intends instituting a dispute, which could result in a national strike.  The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) will facilitate talks between the parties on 13 July, while the union will, from Saturday, start collecting a mandate from its members.  However, the wage demands and threatened strike in the motor sector come at a time when the sector is in crisis, and could shed more jobs.  The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said the latest employment data starkly “reflects the winding down of the metals and engineering sector.”

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