Automotive strike could end

The industrial action is estimated to have cost the industry about R600 million a day.

The industrial action is estimated to have cost the industry about R600 million a day.

JOHANNESBURG - A strike by about 30 000 workers in the automotive industry could come to an end on Monday, following the latest offer of a 10 percent hike.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members at the seven major motor companies downed tools on Monday, after talks broke down with the automobile manufacturers employers organisation at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

The union is demanding a 14 percent hike but it has been reported that most of its members have accepted the latest offer.

It's been reported that Numsa members in Port Elizabeth have responded positively to the latest and first double digit offer by employers to end the week long strike.

The industrial action is estimated to have cost the industry about 600 million a day.

At Mercedes Benz, Ford and General Motors workers have accepted the offer but still have outstanding demands.

Numsa's top leadership is expected to meet on Monday to decide if they will call off the strike.