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numsaANA reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has rejected the latest wage agreement proposals by employer bodies in the motor retail and components sectors.  

The sector represents workers in components companies, petrol stations, and car dealerships, and employs approximately 306,000 workers, according to the union.  On Sunday, Numsa met employer bodies from the Motor Industries Bargaining Council (Mibco) for the last day of conciliation under the auspices of the CCMA.  Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim commented:  "We were negotiating the terms of a new wage agreement to govern the sector after the old agreement lapsed in August 2019.  We have been negotiating with employers since July, and with every engagement, they have not made a single compromise."  The employers apparently offered, for chapter three sector (component companies), 6% for the first year and 5.5% for the second and third years; for sector five (fuel station workers), also 6% for the first year and 5.5% for the second and third years; and for all other sectors in Mibco, CPI plus 1.5% for the first year and 5.5% for the second and third years.  But said Jim, “the condition for accepting this wage proposal is that we must drop the demands on the peace clause, and all other demands relating to working conditions, including the demand for transport or night shift allowance because they want to engage on wages only.”

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