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numsaEngineering News reports that, responding to the National Union of Metalworkers of SA’s (Numsa’s) alleged intention to take industrial action to “shut down” the metal and engineering sector, the SA Engineers’ and Founders’ Association (Saefa) feels that the union has no desire to avoid strike action.  

This is despite the significant financial repercussions a strike would have on the industry.  Saefa executive director Gordon Angus pointed out on Thursday that, while the other unions involved in the negotiations at least made attempts to counter the offers put on the table by employers, Numsa had not contributed to any of the discussions, choosing rather to stick resolutely to its initial demands.  “Numsa’s unwillingness to budge on their unrealistic 15% increase, or to discuss the other demands made by employers, provides a clear indication that the organisation has always had the sole intention of initiating a strike,” he said.  Angus was adamant that, despite Numsa’s claims that employers were imposing strikes on their employees, the opposite was true.

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