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numsaEngineering News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Friday warned of an imminent strike in the metals and engineering sector, after the latest round of negotiations reached a deadlock on Thursday.  

The union is demanding a two-year 15% wage increase across the board, based on actual rather than minimum rates.  It is also demanding the extension of any deal to nonparties, including employer associations such as National Employers Association of SA (Neasa).  In a meeting at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) on Thursday, employers tabled a revised position covering a three-year agreement and an offer to increase wages on actual rates of pay by 5.3% and by 5.5% on the minimum scheduled rates.   Neasa did not associate itself with the offer, while the Border Industries Association did not participate directly in the process.  Numsa, along with other unions, rejected the offer.  Some unions, however, indicated their in-principle support for certain aspects of the offer and others expressed a willingness to continue to engage with employers.  Numsa has now requested a certificate of non-resolution of a dispute, allowing it to strike.  It expects an outcome by 15 July.

  • Read this report in full at Engineering News
  • See too, Numsa threatens engineering sector strike over wage dispute, at EWN

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