No winners in motor industry strike

Negotiations to end the deadlocked motor industry strike will continue on Thursday as the work stoppage...

Traffic on Johannesburg roads. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

Negotiations to end the deadlocked motor industry strike will continue on Thursday as the work stoppage enters its ninth day.

The National Union of Metalworkers’ of South Africa (Numsa) says employers have lost billions since the strike started. But the workers are also feeling it in their pockets, with a “no work, no pay” stipulation attached to the strike.

Several hundred people marched to the Automobile Manufacturers Employers’ Organisation’s head office in Pretoria on Wednesday where they handed over a memorandum.

Numsa’s Karl Cloete says although its main demand is a 15 percent wage hike the union is open to negotiating.

He says both parties have been hit by the strike.

"All seven manufacturing plants are at a standstill. Employers have suffered a R71 billion loss. while workers have lost R4 million in income," says Cloete.

The employers association’s it will pass on the memorandum to its negotiators.