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strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Monday vowed to intensify its strike against South 32 in KwaZulu-Natal after a marathon negotiation session to resolve the strike deadlocked.  

Over 600 members of the union last week downed tools at the global mining company’s Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay over wages.  They are demanding, among other items, a one-year 7.5% wage increase across the board, South 32 to contribute towards medical aid, a 20% performance bonus and R5,000 in housing allowances.  Instead, South 32 is offering a three-year wage deal where in year one workers would get a 5.1% salary increase, no salary increase in year two but a R3,083 per month or R37,000 minimum cash payment, and an inflation based increase in year three.  Numsa’s Irvin Jim commented:  “Instead of giving a wage increase they want to try and bribe our members with cash.  Their behaviour is reminiscent of racist farm owners who pay workers using a tot system of paying with alcohol, instead of paying wages.  As long as they refuse to increase the basic salary, they are stealing from our members and their families.”

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