South Africa 16.9.2013 11:39 am

Numsa and FRA to meet as strike continues

FILE PICTURE: Striking NUMSA workers. Picture: Neil McCartney.

FILE PICTURE: Striking NUMSA workers. Picture: Neil McCartney.

The strike in the petrol and motor retail sector entered its eighth day on Monday as the National Union of Metalworkers of SA and employers were set to meet this week.

“We are meeting with employers today [Monday] and tomorrow [Tuesday]. At the moment, the strike is still ongoing,” Numsa national treasurer Mphumzi Maqungo said.

On Thursday, Numsa KwaZulu-Natal regional secretary Mbuso Ngubane said a revised offer of a 7.5 percent wage increase had been rejected.

The union has demanded a R30 an hour across the board increase by 2016 on actual rates of pay in all sectors and divisions for workers earning above R6000 a month.

Fuel Retailers’ Association (FRA) CEO Reggy Sibiya said on Thursday the union’s decision to reject the revised offer was regrettable but the FRA remained optimistic an agreement could be reached.

The FRA was not immediately available for comment on Monday.

-Sapa 

 

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