Toyota suspends production due to strike

Numsa is demanding a basic wage hike of 15 percent and a R1,000 housing allowance.

FILE: Toyota and General Motors have suspended production at its lines as a result of the Numsa strike. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Car giant Toyota on Monday said it was forced to suspend production at two of its lines in Durban.

This comes as a result of supply chain problems due to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) strike.

The mass action is about to enter its third week now.

Numsa is demanding a basic wage hike of 15 percent, a R1,000 housing allowance and the scrapping of labour brokers.

The union on Sunday formally rejected the latest offer from employers of a wage increase of between eight and 10 percent.

Numsa called on its members to intensify the strike.

Last week, General Motors was forced to close its assembly plant in Port Elizabeth.

The company's Denise van Huyssteen said the strike badly affected its production lines.

"The strike has impacted upon the supply of components to our production lines resulting in our lines not being operational. We have lost eight days of production."

Numsa is currently meeting with employers to discuss a possible settlement aimed at ending the mass action.