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numsaBusiness Report writes that Mpact, which was previously known as Mondi Packaging SA, said on Friday that it was not involved with wage negotiations with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  

The company was responding to reports that its workers at Mpact Plastics in Pinetown had gone on a strike following a breakdown in negotiations.  Mpact said the striking workers belonged to an independent service provider to Mpact Plastics.  According to general manager Paul Visagie, Mpact concluded its wage negotiations through the appropriate structures, namely the Plastics Negotiations Forum (PNF), falling within the scope of the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC).  The company involved in negotiations with Numsa is apparently an independent service provider that provides packing services to Mpact’s plastics operation in Pinetown.  Mpact is one of the largest paper and packaging businesses in Southern Africa.  Numsa said at least 140 contract workers have been on strike because they want to be permanently employed.  They have refused a R2.50-an-hour wage increment.

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