Numsa strike: Day 3

Union members are demanding a 12 percent wage hike across the board and R1,000 housing allowance.

Numsa members in Cape Town take part in a march marking the start of a national strike on 1 July 2014. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) are currently protesting at a boat manufacturing company in Cape Town.

The metalworkers union entered its third day of demonstrations with workers demanding better pay from more than 10,000 companies.

Workers also want a 12 percent wage hike across the board, a R1,000 housing allowance increase and the scrapping of labour brokers.

As a result, hundreds of union members are standing outside the Robertson and Caine factory in Paarden Island.

The building was closed down as a precaution as police keep a watchful-eye on protesters.

They say they deserve the wage increase the metalworkers union are demanding.

The demonstration follows a protest march which started on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, striking union members are also taking their grievances onto the streets of George.

Numsa secretary Vuyo Lufele says the striking members will hand the Department of Labour and employers offices memorandums of the union's demands.

ESKOM'S OPERATIONS COMPROMISED

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said he is concerned about the impact the union could have on Eskom's operations.

Numsa delivered a memorandum of demands to Eskom officials on Wednesday following a two-hour picket outside the utility's headquarters in Sunninghill.

Eskom was granted a court interdict preventing its essential services employees from taking part in the strike, which they have.

Nene said the government won't intervene in the labour dispute.

Numsa slammed Eskom by saying economists and employers in the metals and automotive sectors cannot blame its members for a deteriorating economy.

Numsa has given Eskom until Friday to respond to its demands.

If the industrial action continues for long, the economy could record a second quarter of negative growth, which would result in a recession.