Numsa mulls wage offer

FILE PICTURE: National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) was consulting members on the revised offer from the metal and engineering employers, the union said on Friday.

“We are still busy consulting. We will have a press conference on Sunday to give an update,” said spokesman Castro Ngobese.

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.

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 percent wage increase with effect from July 1, and a R1000 housing allowance in a one-year bargaining agreement.

Their demand was originally for 15 percent.

The union further demanded the total ban of labour brokers.

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

The first category of worker was offered seven percent in 2015 and 2016, while the others were offered nine percent in the second year, and eight percent in the final year.

The employers’ organisation, representing 27 independent employer associations with a membership of over 2000 companies, also scrapped its demand for the wages of entry-level workers to be halved.

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

On Monday, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant’s spokesman Mokgadi Pela said the parties were close to an agreement.

“We are trying to iron out some sticky issues,” he said.


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