Numsa: Motorists must fill up tanks

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

FILE: Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim speaks to reporters after a meeting of the trade union's central committee in Johannesburg, Thursday, 18 August 2011. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has warned motorists to fill up their tanks as it gears up for its national strike in the motor industry on Monday which includes petrol attendants.

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

The metal workers union is representing 70,000 workers in the industry which contains 300,000 workers.

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.