Numsa to stage nationwide strike after wage talks deadlock in engineering sector

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Trade union Numsa says it will stage a national strike in the engineering sector from the fifth of next month after wage talks reached a deadlock.

Reuters reports that employers have balked at Numsa’s demands for an 8% pay increase in the first year and inflation plus a 2 % increment in the following two years.

Industry body, Seifsa, is offering a 4.4% hike for 2021, inflation plus point 5% next year, and inflation plus 1% in the third year.

Reuters reports that Seifsa has confirmed the deadlock and strike call.

South African industry has been hit hard by the COVID 19 pandemic – with many companies retrenching workers and some even closing shop.

Last week, Numsa said the wage agreement at Harmony Gold was groundbreaking.

Numsa and other unions sign wage agreement at Harmony Gold: