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numsaMoneyweb reports that confusion reigned on Tuesday about an apparent deadlock reached between the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the motor sector at the Motor Industry Bargaining Council (Mibco).  

Irvin Jim, general secretary of Numsa, said in a statement issued on Tuesday that the union had deadlocked with Mibco in the motor sector in the last round of talks.  However, Jakkie Olivier of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), said late on Tuesday afternoon that the RMI negotiating team was surprised about the apparent deadlock and that the parties were busy exchanging settlement packages “as we speak”.  He went on to say:  “The RMI team also confronted Numsa with the statement, who apparently apologised, claimed they were not aware of the statement and that [it was] factually incorrect.”  The motor sector represents about 306,000 workers employed by component manufacturing companies, petrol stations and car dealerships.  According to Jim, Numsa’s demands in the sector included a one-year agreement, a 12% across-the-board wage increase, and an industry medical aid with a 60% employer and 40% employee contribution.  “In response to these demands, employers only made an offer of a 4.5% increase across the board.  They did not engage meaningfully at all with any of the other demands,” he said.  Jim added that Tuesday’s meeting was “a last-ditch attempt to find one another”.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Roy Cokayne at Moneyweb

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