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SaftuANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Tuesday urged its members and “all other workers” to throw their weight behind the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), which it said was involved in a “life-or-death struggle” in the metal and engineering sector.  

Numsa, which is a member of Saftu, is demanding a 15% wage hike across the board and has rejected the latest offer from employers.  “Numsa has quite rightly rejected the latest offer from employers,” said Saftu in a statement and added that another point of contention was the employers offer to implement a minimum rate of R20 per hour for new entrants to the sector when the present minimum was R40.  Saftu said that Numsa must not fight alone and, if it were left with no choice but to strike, “Saftu and the whole trade union movement must rally and mobilise its forces and flood the streets in solidarity action.”

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