Deadline set for new Numsa wage offer

Numsa must decide by Friday if it will accept a new wage offer.

Numsa must decide by Friday if it will accept a new wage offer. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) says if National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) does not accept a new offer to end its wage strike by Friday, it will be withdrawn and companies will revert to an original proposal which has already been rejected.

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

Seifsa has this week offered Numsa's members an increase of between seven and 10 percent over three years on condition that no issues with cost implications are raised at company level.

This has been a point of contention during the strike and it's unlikely that the union will accept the conditions.

Seifsa's Chief Executive Officer Kaizer Nyatsumba says the proposal already looks set to cause job losses.

"The proposal would remain but the conditional acceptance of the wage dispensation by associations would fall away."

Yesterday, the employer body said its affiliated employer bodies conditionally accepted a wage proposal by Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant to end the strike.

Nyatsumba added employer bodies in his federation have been frustrated by the ongoing strike and many remain opposed to the offer.

Numsa says it will take a proposed offer to end its wage strike back to its members but maintains conditions attached to the deal are not negotiable.

The union's treasurer general Mphumzi Maqungo says the conditions contradicts the union's position.