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numsaANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Tuesday slammed "intransigent" employers in the metal and engineering sector and warned of a "total shutdown" in the industry.  

A dispute exists between the parties in the sector following deadlock in wage negotiations last month.  Speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg, Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said that after four dispute resolution meetings the union failed to reach any agreement with employers represented in the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC).  Jim claimed that employers were “imposing a strike onto us” because of the “absurd offer” they have placed on the table.  Numsa is demanding a 15% wage increase across the board based on actual rates rather than minimum rates.  Employers have proposed, among other things, a three-year wage agreement with a 5.3% wage hike across the board for the first year of the agreement based on minimum rates.

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