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Numsa strike: Solidarity to interdict Seifsa

Seifsa announced that 23 of its member companies will shut down for the duration of the strike.

Seifsa announced that 23 of its member companies will shut down for the duration of the strike. Picture: Zikhona Miso/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - More than 200,000 workers in the metal and engineering industry are set to go on strike this week, but Eyewitness News learnt a minority union plans to interdict Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) to end a lock out, preventing its members from working.

Trade union Solidarity said it does not intend to go on strike but its members would now be adversely affected by the lock out.

Seifsa announced last week that 23 of its member companies would be shutting down for the duration of the strike.

But Solidarity's Gideon du Plessis said the decision does not make sense as the companies stand to lose millions in lost production.

"While Solidarity members could have kept the business going, Seifsa decided to bring all production to a standstill which is to the detriment of the industry and the country."