Neasa: Numsa must reconsider strike

Around 200,000 union members are set to embark on a nationwide strike on Tuesday.

FILE: An estimated 200,000 Numsa members are set to embark on a nationwide strike on Tuesday. Picture: Zikhona Miso/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Employers' Association of South Africa (Neasa) on Monday asked the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) to call off its proposed strike.

An estimated 200,000 Numsa members in the engineering, communications and automotive sectors are set to embark on a nationwide strike on Tuesday.

The union is demanding a 12 percent salary increase and the scrapping of labour brokers.

Neasa urged Numsa, the country's largest union, to postpone the strike for at least 21 days.

Employers want the union to go back to the negotiating table.

Neasa's Gerhard Papenfus says a strike will not resolve the dispute.

"You cannot solve anything by means other than negotiations. Employers might just sign the deal but will maybe continue with the retrenchments once that has happened. We can only turn this around by sitting around a table and talk."

Papenfus says a strike will only be a short-term solution.

"The strike action will perhaps put pressure on some employers into a deal, but it's not a long-term deal. Let us engage directly in negotiations and try to solve these issues."

An estimated 4,000 Numsa members are expected to take part in Tuesday's march in the Cape Town.