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numsaANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Saturday that the strike by some 900 workers at Whirlpool appliances manufacturing facilities was over.  

The workers downed tools on 6 November to demand housing assistance.  Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi said they met the management team last week and the company proposed paying R235 per month housing assistance (security fee) to each employee, for the next 24 months.  Furthermore, they committed to negotiating the possibility of a third year of the housing assistance at a later stage.  “Our members accepted the proposal and the strike was called off.  Some of our members returned to work on Friday and more are expected at work over the weekend,” Hlubi said.  The company also commended the union and its members for a “peaceful strike with no incidents of violence against other employees, members of the community, or disruptions to traffic”.

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