Numsa awaits new wage offer

Numsa's Irvin Jim says it's up to employers to resolve the strike.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members during strike action in Johannesburg on 1 July 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it's waiting to hear what employer bodies have proposed in a bid to settle their wage strike.

More than 200,000 Numsa members started a countrywide strike at the beginning of July.

The striking workers are demanding a wage increase of 10 percent every year for the next three years.

Last night, employer bodies Neasa and Seifsa were locked in negotiations behind closed doors discussing outstanding issues.

Neasa has rejected a potential deal facilitated by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant between Seifsa and Numsa labelling it "detrimental and unaffordable".

The union's Irvin Jim says it's up to employers to resolve the strike.

"The employers have been playing funny tactics and if they were to stop that then there's nothing difficult about solving the strike."

Yesterday, trade union Solidarity said it presented employers in the metal and engineering industries with a new consolidated wage proposal.

The union said the proposal was made after the involvement of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and the Department of Labour.