Numsa & Neasa to battle it out in court

Neasa says it will not be bullied into implementing Numsa's wage agreement.

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) and the National Association of South Africa (Neasa) have threatened to take each other to court over the latest wage agreement in the metal and engineering sector.

But Neasa has rejected the offer, saying it is unaffordable for its employers and has warned that workers will be sent home if they return for duty.

Neasa says it will not be bullied into implementing Numsa's wage agreement and that it is willing to fight the matter in court.

Neasa's Gehard Papenus said, "We will not sign because it was blackmail. They got a deal that will kill this industry."

But Numsa's Carl Cloete says they're not bothered by Neasa's stance on the matter.

"We would have a serious battle with Neasa through the courts because everything they would be embarking upon would be illegal."

Numsa will this afternoon officially sign the agreement.