Numsa mulls wage offer

Numsa mulls wage offer

2014-07-11 11:38

Johannesburg - A spokesperson for the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), Castro Ngobese, said on Friday that the union would hold a media conference on Sunday to announce the outcome of meetings with members on the revised offer from employers.

The national executive committee (NEC) of Numsa met on Wednesday to receive feedback after negotiations facilitated by the department of labour.

After the NEC meeting, all nine Numsa regions met to give members feedback and decide on mandates as to what should constitute a resolution of the strike.

Housing allowance

The labour department has facilitated meetings between Numsa and employers' associations in an attempt to resolve the strike, which began on July 1.

In a memorandum to employers, Numsa demanded a 12% wage increase with effect from July 1 and a R1 000 housing allowance in a one-year bargaining agreement.

Their demand was originally for 15%.

The union also demanded the total ban of labour brokers.

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of SA (Seifsa) tabled a three-year wage offer of between 8 - 10% for different levels of workers in the first year.

The first category of worker was offered 7% in 2015 and 2016, while the others were offered 9% in the second year and 8% in the final year.

Close to an agreement

The employers' organisation, representing 27 independent employer associations with a membership of over 2 000 companies, also scrapped its demand for the wages of entry-level workers to be halved.

The National Employers' Association of SA (Neasa) has offered 8%, subject to an agreement on the reduction of the entry-level wage.

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant's spokesperson Mokgadi Pela said on Monday the parties were close to an agreement.

"We are trying to iron out some sticky issues," he said at the time.

  • Victor Peachey - 2014-07-11 11:51

    If Government was serious to resolve the matter they would give employers a tax break to assist with the increased costs( Over 8% ) an offer 60% tax rebate on the housing allowance.

      Elsie Palmer - 2014-07-11 13:25

      The goverments does not care at all because they would of done something about all the strikes. Talk is cheap and jz get the money. If he cared about S.A he would do something

      John Loveland - 2014-07-11 13:49

      Victor the state needs to collect X in the way of revenue. When they start giving tax breaks someone will end up paying more to make up the difference, and that someone includes me. What needs to be considered is, are the increases reasonable and affordable or not. Unfortunately it has been shown time and time again that the unions have no financial knowledge or sense and simply suck a figure out of thin air. Until its recognized the damage the unions are making to the economy, business, unemployment and the workers them selves this pattern will continue. Give one sector a tax break and then you'll have other climbing onto the band wagon. If The government wants to uplift this country they need to become more vocal and proactive against union blackmail.

  • Brett Harding - 2014-07-11 12:53

    The sequence of these related articles is somewhat confusing (09h55 offer rejected, now this article, mulling it over), you sure you have the facts news24; as you are confusing some of my customers!

  • Brett Harding - 2014-07-11 12:56

    The sequence of the related articles is somewhat confusing I.e 09h55 offer rejected, now this article, mulling it over!. You sure you have the facts news24, as you are confusing my customers. You need reliable sources with credible info.

  • Qxtsa - 2014-07-11 13:00

    Most of us have to deal with a 4 to 6 % if we are lucky increase. These people want 12%? They should be happy they still have a job. For least

  • lauren.d.draper.1 - 2014-07-11 13:04

    Here's a suggestion Zenande, instead of giving 5% of your wages to NUMSA why don't 4 or 5 of you save that money, build up a bit of capital, borrow from the bank and then buy your own machine. Work day and night for 365 days of the year, buy another machine in about 5 years time and, hey you know what..... You now have your own business for your employees to strike against

      Bernadette Dana Sloan-Proudfoot - 2014-07-11 13:12

      Couldn't agree more!!!

  • Dyllan Kelly - 2014-07-11 13:12

    @ Zenande, don't you find it strange that most businesses are BEE these days, which in essence means you have a black boss or shareholder in it.. Tell me now, if you say you black slaves doesn't that mean that your own race is en slaving you..... Race has nothing to do with it my friend, economics does and that's why anybody knows that a strike does disrupt the economy hence it will always be brought up during a strike....We are in Africa, we are a third world country, you voted this government in so you made your choices on how the economy should be run. Don't hurt businesses to try and change how the government has let you down in creating a better living environment for you, businesses pay tax they employ people its your government that has decided to waste the tax payers money on corruption and wasteful spending... Instead of running up and down with a stick in your hand threatening people and vandalising and looting places rather act on the government you put in power....... Or is that to hard? Guess its better to get free T shirt at a rally and listen to hollow promises being made to you... Just remember its this economy that puts food on your table not your unions....

  • Brian Dorning - 2014-07-11 14:51

    Increase productivity then get an increase in wages

  • Dyllan Kelly - 2014-07-11 15:37

    @Zenande, everyone is entitled to get a wage increase, cost's go up life becomes more expensive, who cant argue with that. Its your right to want higher wages. Its about how you go about asking for those higher wages that counts..... I don't see you guys beating up government employees to get what you want ..... Why go out and threaten to burn factories beat pregnant woman up burn dogs alive, loot..... If a business owner isn't making enough money to keep his doors open, does he go to the employees house and beat up there wives and burn down their houses.... Its not what you asking for its how you asking for it.... I think you should stop generalising that all bosses make lots of money, think about small business's that are being destroyed at the moment that were more than likely barely surviving as is, these business's are more than likely going to have to close, those business's were employing people like yourself that don't have much already, now what are those employees going to have answer is nothing..... These strikers are destroying their lively hood. My point is your actions not only hurt the rich employers like you say but they hurt poor as well.

      Seanred - 2014-07-11 17:58

      Spot on.

  • Dyllan Kelly - 2014-07-11 16:28

    Yes we have mines and yes we have minerals, what happens to those resources is decided by the government, if your argument is with the government then let it be with the government not with business's that cant cope with cheap imports or rising costs and expenses, we don't have limited resources to bargain with, our companies are a facing challenges of other companies in other emerging countries that have much less then we do and willing to manufacture items at a fraction of the cost that we can do it for. So whats better half a plate of food or no food at all cause in essence that is hat we are going to have is nothing at all. This industry is very competitive and if we cant do it then someone else in the world will.

  • Seanred - 2014-07-11 17:50

    "iron out some sticky issues" How do you iron out "sticky" issues? Try ironing out gum from a shirt. You will get stuck with a strike for 6 months.

  • Muzi Kheswa - 2014-07-11 18:34

    Aluta! Phansi nge labour broker phansi!!! Phezulu nge living wage phezulu!!! Steleka continues.

  • Leoni Feng - 2014-07-13 15:40


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