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Automotive sector gears up for strike

2010-08-06 12:52

Johannesburg - Workers in the car manufacturing sector will begin striking on Wednesday August 11, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Friday.

"It has never been our intention to embark on strike action but because of Ameo's (the Automobile Manufacturers Employers
Organisation) stubbornness, we are compelled to take the battle to the streets," Numsa said.

Negotiations between Numsa - representing over 31 000 workers in the automotive manufacturing industry - and Ameo collapsed on
Thursday.

Numsa were demanding a wage increase of 15%, the "scrapping" of labour brokers and six months' paid maternity leave amongst other demands.

  - Sapa

Comments
  • Ian D - 2010-08-06 13:34

    If they never intended to strike then they should have come with realistic demands! 15% when inflation is at 4.5% - get real Come with a 7.5% "demand", scrapping of labour brokers and accept the 4 months paid maternity leave on offer. That shows commitment to their work, thinking in the best interests of their members and the country as a whole.

  • Interested - 2010-08-06 14:59

    No one ever accused the labour unions of intelligence ...

  • SidR - 2010-08-09 17:46

    I'd like the unions to come and run my business and keep all the families of my employees (and mine) in employment. With limited resourses my turnover and profit is dictated to by the consumer. How much money do you think business and the consumer has to meet your rediculous demands??? Do you know what the ripple effect is???

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