Numsa members vow to continue strike

Metalworkers union Numsa has rejected the employer's latest offer of 10 percent.

Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) picket at Megawatt Park, Sunninghill, northern of Johannesburg on 2 July 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said its members are adamant they'll continue striking.

Union members across the country are participating in an indefinite strike for a 12 percent wage increase.

The union has rejected the employer's latest offer of 10 percent.

Numsa's Western Cape secretary Vuyo Lufele said they will be meeting with members this week to inform them about the latest developments.

He however didn't give any details about what the developments are.

Lufele said there haven't been any reports of violence by its members in the province despite reports of intimidation in other parts of the country.

"We have tried to ensure we've disciplined our members during this strike."

Over 200,000 workers in the metal and the engineering sectors downed tools as part of the national strike that was marred by violence this past week.

Meanwhile, Solidarity urged the union to call its members to order following reports of violence and intimidation in factories around Gauteng.

Factories in industrial areas look set to remain closed for business tomorrow and the police promised to maintain a strong presence in industrial areas.

Owners said they are terrified to reopen their businesses after a number of factory owners and non-striking workers were assaulted last week and millions worth of computers, office equipment and other belongings were damaged and stolen.

Gideon du Plessis, General Secretary of Solidarity, said Numsa should restrain its members.

Video: Numsa's violent strike.