Numsa calls for strike to intensify

Numsa calls for strike to intensify

Johannesburg – Engineering and metal workers’ union Numsa on Sunday rejected a 10% pay offer from employers and called on its 220 000 striking members in the sector to intensify nearly two weeks of industrial action.

“We are making a very clear statement that the strike continues and we call on our members to intensify the strike,” South Africa’s largest union said in a statement.

Numsa is demanding 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.

Employers have offered a 10% increase this year, 9.5% in 2015 and 9.0% the year after that, but Numsa Secretary General Irvin Jim dismissed the offer and threatened to drag in 100 000 Numsa members in other sectors not on strike…

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