Numsa to intensify strike

The union says a number of protests have been planned for this week.

FILE: Numsa during strike in northern Johannesburg on 09 September 2013. Picture: Mbali Sibanyoni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) will be intensifying its strike in the automotive and fuel sectors with a number of protests on the cards for this week.

Last week the union rejected the latest wage offer of 7.5 percent for petrol attendants and car repair workers.

But workers are still demanding a double digit increase.

The union's national coordinator for this sector, Elias Kubeka, says talks with the employer are continuing.

"We plan to have more protests throughout the country. We are still working on the logistics and permission from the authorities."


Kubeka says the union is internally investigating all allegations of intimidation and has vowed to reprimand those responsible.

"Where there are cases of intimidation we'll intervene to advice and instruct our members to refrain from doing that."

Numsa has also condemned any and all violence following the death of a petrol attendant.

A Somali filling station attendant died at the weekend after he was allegedly attacked by striking workers last week.

The 55-year-old victim was allegedly attacked at a Grassy Park petrol station while he and a colleague were working on Tuesday.

He died at the Groote Schuur Hospital on Friday.

Numsa's Vuyo Lufele says the union is shocked by the attack.

"We never want such things. We embarked on a legal strike where all rules were accepted by both parties."