40,000 Numsa members to protest

Numsa is embarking on a wage strike demanding a double digit increase for all workers.

Petrol pumps at BP. Picture: Clare Matthes/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is expecting a turnout of up to 40,000 motor industry workers to down tools on Monday with marches scheduled to take place in Randburg and Cape Town.

The 300,000 worker strong industry is embarking on a wage strike demanding a double digit increase for all workers.

Petrol attendants will also be part of the nationwide strike.

Numsa's Karl Cloete says the employers are not coming to the table.

"The motor industry employers are reckless as they became upset because we were using our right to have a strike if any engagement doesn't succeed and they failed to talk to us."

At the same time, Numsa has warned motorists to fill up their tanks as it gears up for its national strike in the motor industry on Monday.

The strike is a result of a break down in wage negotiations with employers.

Numsa leadership is fighting the battle for a double digit salary increase for its 70,000 workers in the motor industry and those not being represented by any union.

The union's Irvin Jim said the demands are not that farfetched.

"We're not coming up with extravagant demands for the garage workers. These are the people who stand there on cold nights."

This week the Retail Motor Industry Organisation said a double digit salary is out of the equation as small business can't afford this.

However, Numsa says although the public will feel the brunt of the strike it must unite in solidarity behind workers calling for decent living wages.

The motor industry strike is estimated to cost the industry R600 million per day in revenue.