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limusaANA reports that the Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA (Limusa) said on Monday that it would proceed indefinitely with its wage strike at Agni Steel SA in Port Elizabeth.  

The protected strike follows protracted wage negotiations that started in 2016 and entered a fourth day on Monday.  The union was originally demanding R48 per hour, but has now reduced its demand to R40.37 per hour.  The company apparently pays workers R24 per hour.  Agni Steel SA is a black-owned, Indian-backed, joint venture that runs a R400 million state-of-the-art, mini-steel mill, at the Coega Industrial Development Zone near Port Elizabeth.  The company employs about 270 people and of those, around 200 are Limusa members.  According to Limusa’s general secretary Cedric Gina, the company made several attempts to delay negotiations by raising frivolous jurisdiction points, which all eventually failed.  He also said his members were firmly behind the demand for R40.37, which, if granted, would bring salaries in line with those applicable in the metal and engineering industry.

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