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boardroomtableEngineering News reports that according to the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), its fellow employer associations, namely the National Employers Association of SA and the SA Engineers and Founders Association, have agreed to extend the deadline for concluding wage negotiations to 14 September.

The organisation stated that this was being done in a serious endeavour to stave off the possibility of industry industrial action. Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini pointed out that, because the National Union of Metalworkers SA (Numsa) had declared a dispute against all the employer organisations on 29 July, and Seifsa had countered with its own dispute against Numsa on 2 August, a certificate of non-resolution could have been called for as early as 2 September. But a bargaining council dispute subcommittee meeting held on 2 September ended with all the parties agreeing that the life of the subcommittee should be extended to 14 September, at which point the parties will report on whether an agreement has been reached or whether the parties have been unable to break the current deadlock. Seifsa’s affiliated associations have offered employees a 4.4% increase this year, a consumer price index (CPI) plus 0.5% increase in 2022 and a CPI plus 1% increase in 2023. According to Trentini, negotiations will continue “in earnest” between all the parties, with “every reasonable effort” being made to avoid a breakdown in negotiations which in turn would open the way for an industry strike and lock-out action.

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