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Numsa continues contemplating offer

An estimated 200,000 Numsa members have been on strike since 1 July.

FILE: An estimated 200,000 Numsa members have been on strike at steel and engineering companies since 1 July. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa ( Numsa) in the Western Cape is meeting with its members on Thursday to discuss the latest wage offer put forward by employers.

But companies have only offered between seven and 10 percent over three years and claim non-striking workers are being intimidated.

"The report is about an improved offer from employers. Members will discuss and determine whether they will accept the offer."

SEIFSA AWAITING FEEDBACK

Numsa's National Executive Committee in Johannesburg is preparing to hear feedback from its members on whether to end the strike and accept the offer.

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) has offered a 10 percent hike for only the lowest paid workers and has demanded the amendment of section 37, which deals with the right to negotiate at plant level.

Numsa leader Irvin Jim says consultation with members has been ongoing.

He says a way forward will be forged on the feedback the union gets.

VIOLENCE DISCUSSED

Numsa Treasurer General Mphumzi Maqungo earlier said the union's leadership will discuss claims of violence with its members.

More than 100 people were arrested for violence associated with the strike.

The union is adamant its pickets have been infiltrated by criminals.

Numsa believes its workers were also being intimidated by the police.

It said National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega failed to convene a meeting with them to discuss claims of violence and intimidation, nearly two weeks after requesting an urgent discussion.