Strike continues at Neasa companies

Numsa is warning that pickets will continue at companies where a deal has not been reached.

Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) picket at Megawatt Park, Sunninghill, northern of Johannesburg on 2 July 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNSBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday officially signed a wage agreement to end an almost month-long strike in the metal and engineering sector.

The union is however warning that pickets will continue at companies where a deal has not been clinched.

Numsa along with trade union Solidarity on Monday accepted an agreement by employer body the Steel Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa).

The deal will see lowest paid members receive a 10 percent increase for the next three years.

Numsa earlier signed a wage agreement with most stakeholders in Benoni On Gauteng's East Rand.

Union members and officials from the bargaining council signed the agreement.

The ceremony commenced with a reading of the main agreement between the employers and Numsa.

The bargaining council thanked companies in the industry for working together to resolve the wage dispute.

However, the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) refused to sign the deal.

Neasa said it is unaffordable for smaller employers.

It warned that workers would be sent home if they returned to work.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim says the union's members will stand by their colleagues.

"We've ended the strike but our members who are back at work and have been locked out by Neasa are continuing the strike."