Numsa expected to provide feedback

The metalworkers union is expected to provide feedback on the latest offer to its striking members.

Around 200,000 Numsa-affiliated members downed tools in the engineering and metals industries on 1 July. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is today expected to provide feedback from its regional meetings to its striking members over the latest offer tabled by employers.

The union has been in negotiations with employers in the engineering and metals industries under the mediation of the labour department.

It's understood Numsa is demanding a 15 percent wage hike in one year while companies are offering between eight and 10 percent.

The union is also demanding a R1,000 housing allowance, career and training opportunities for all workers and the banning of labour brokering.

The union's deputy general secretary Karl Cloete says the employers' insistence on a multi-year agreement is also holding up talks.

"One thing we are certain that might well bedevil the settlement is an insistence by the employer that they wanted a peace clause."

Around 200,000 Numsa-affiliated members downed tools on 1 July.

The strike action, which follows a crippling strike by platinum miners that lasted five months, is expected to cost the economy over R280 million a day in lost output.

There have been widespread reports of violence, intimidation, vandalism and damage to property since the strike began.

Around 111 people have been arrested since the strike began.

At the same time, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has requested a meeting with union bosses to discuss how to hold the union accountable for violence.

Phiyega's spokesperson Solomon Makgale said they will discuss the issue of financial liability for losses incurred by companies.