Numsa strike violence continues

Two companies in Germiston and Olifantsfontein have come under attack on Monday afternoon.

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

JOHANNESBURG - There have been more reports on Monday of violence linked to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa ( Numsa)'s wage strike.

Two steel and engineering companies in Germiston and Olifantsfontein came under attack on Monday afternoon.

It's understood a large group of people wearing Numsa T-shirts broke down the gate of the SA Metal Group and pelted rocks at windows of cars belonging to employees.

A Germiston man says factory windows were also broken.

"They stoned most of the vehicles and stuff which was inside and outside."

In Olifantsfontein, strikers apparently conducted searches at companies to ensure non-unionised members supported the work stoppage.

One man said Numsa members intimidated his employees by blocking the gate to his company and demanding to search the premises.

"They walk around, they check all the change houses, all the containers and under all the desks."

He said members promised to return in the evening.

It's still unclear what transpired during weekend talks between Numsa's leaders and shop stewards.

The 220,000-strong union was not available for comment.

Meanwhile, the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) said talks between Numsa and employers had not broken down completely and progress was expected in bilateral discussions this week.

Last Tuesday, over 200,000 Numsa members downed tools demanding a 12 percent wage hike and the scrapping of labour brokers.

Employer body, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa), offered a 10 percent wage hike.

The National Employers' Association of South Africa (Neasa), which represents mostly small businesses, offered eight percent.