Numsa to announce wage decision

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

Numsa members in Cape Town take part in a march marking the start of a national strike on 1 July 2014. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa ( Numsa) is expected to announce today whether its members have agreed to the latest wage offer from employers, which could see an end to their almost month-long strike.

An estimated 200,000 Numsa members have been on strike at steel and engineering companies since 1 July demanding better pay.

The union's national executive committee members met on Sunday afternoon to discuss the strike.

Last week, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) offered a salary increase of between 7 and 10 percent, depending on the workers' skills levels.

Numsa Deputy General Secretary Karl Cloete says the union's final position will be announced at a press conference at 4pm on Monday.

"The biggest point that we had to clarify with employers is the issue of a peace clause during the period and that's the sticking point."

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

But Numsa said on Friday that 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.