Numsa strike continues, new offer mulled

The union’s national executive members met this afternoon to discuss the strike.

Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) march for better wages in Cape Town on 1 July 2013. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers ( Numsa) says its strike in the steel and engineering industry continues for now while members still consider the new offer on the table.

The union's national executive members met on Sunday afternoon to discuss the strike which brought production to a standstill when more than 200,000 Numsa members went on strike on 1 July for a 10 percent wage hike in the sector.

This week the employer the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) agreed to a salary increase between 7 and 10 percent, depending on the skill level of the worker.

Numsa's Karl Cloete says they will take the offer back to their members tomorrow morning.

"Feedback to membership and the mandate from membership is continuing tomorrow, and then at 4 pm on Monday, we'll convene a press conference to communicate Numsa's decision on a settlement or discontinuation of the strike."

On Friday Numsa said if a section of the main agreement in the industry is amended, it will only lead to more frequent wage negotiations and employers will ultimately have more disruptions.

An amendment to prevent workers from raising issues with cost implications was proposed by Seifsa, which said the issue is non-negotiable and must be included in an agreement to end the strike.