Numsa refuses to call off strike
Sacci's Pietman Roos said Numsa should put the country first.
JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) rejected a call by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) to call off its planned strike in the metal and engineering industry and return to the negotiating table.
Thousands of Numsa members will down tools from Tuesday demanding a 12 percent wage increase.
The strike is expected to harm an already fractured economy, which contracted in the first quarter of the year.
Numsa's deputy general secretary Karl Cloete said, "We refuse to take the blame that we're harming the economy, the economy has been harmed for centuries."
Sacci senior policy consultant Pietman Roos said the union should put the country first.
"The economy has been given a severe blow and the prospect of further credit downgrades which will hurt everyone in this economy."