Strike looms in SA's metal sector

Strike looms in SA's metal sector

2014-05-30 10:58

Johannesburg - A federation of companies in South Africa's metal and engineering sector said wage talks with unions deadlocked on Thursday, raising the threat of a strike by almost 200 000 workers.

Three employer organisations declared a dispute with the country's largest union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), the United Association of South Africa (UASA) and two smaller unions, a statement from the bargaining council said.

UASA negotiator Johan van Niekerk said if the next stage of negotiations reach no agreement, a strike is on the cards.

"If the conciliation process fails, we will consider industrial action," he said.

The two sides are still far apart. The unions want wages raised by 15%, while employers want to raise them by only 6.1%.

The lowest-paid members of the unions make around R4 000 rand a month.

Labour relations are already tense in SA. The longest strike in the country's history is underway in the platinum sector.

Employers and labour unions will meet next week for more talks after the unions receive a fresh mandate from members this weekend.

  • Pieter Calitz - 2014-05-30 11:07

    Only by 15%? The miners want 200%

      Badger - 2014-05-30 11:48

      Yip, "Africa".........."The Dark Continent" But wait, motor industry to follow, then the medical, then the....... oh what the hell. You know whats coming......

      Badger - 2014-05-30 11:52

      Oh, did I mention the sugar industry ??

      Kiss123 - 2014-05-30 13:04

      I feel sorry for the black people that actually want to work , they are drowning thanks to the actions of 90 % of their brothers .

  • Brendan Wepener - 2014-05-30 11:09

    Wow, its not even strike season yet. Looks like the getting ahead start. Manufacturing down, mining down, at least the financial industry is doing okay.

  • Gerald Craig Steyn - 2014-05-30 11:32

    Minimum wage in the Metal Industry at the moment is R 30.61 per hour or R 5301 per month for a 40 hour week. This is excluding provident fund and bonus etc. Don't know where your R 4000 comes from? Also the unions are pushing for a minimum wage of R 6760 per month.

      Badger - 2014-05-30 11:49

      I agree Gerald, let's take away all the perks (every single one) and give these idiots their increase. Then hear them squeal like stuck pigs......

  • Sejouse Freedom - 2014-05-30 11:33

    Yes. That's right. Go and strike. F*&^ our country economics up further. That's the right way to do it. Break it down and never build it up.

  • Obza Matshwisa Mogapi - 2014-05-30 11:33

    Another strike?? not again

  • Rowan Maulson - 2014-05-30 11:36

    Seriously... another bloody strike? and 15%?!?! Thats just ludicrous.

  • Jay Bosson - 2014-05-30 11:46

    Let's all go on national strike to settle all economical problems we have with our country so we can start 2015 with a clean slate since 2014 it's already screwed many people financially. It's strike after strike slow service delievery so let settle everything so we can move forward and start 2015 with a clean slate

  • Andre Pretorius - 2014-05-30 13:49

    With the low level of business at the moment there is no ways I can afford that sort of increase, period, as it is we are barely surviving at the moment, so be warned!!

  • Real Realist - 2014-05-30 14:49

    The cost to company figure should be used to allow proper comparisons to be made.

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2014-05-30 21:54

    Yay unions! Such responsible upstanding organizations we have.

  • molifinyana - 2014-06-02 00:04

    Uasa is also considering a strike hense you see less comments here.people are biased.

  • Godfrey Judas Maloma - 2014-06-18 12:28

    Forward we go fighters,asijiki

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