Some Numsa members barred from work

Numsa says some companies in Cape Town have barred employees from returning to work.

FILE: Numsa says some companies in the Cape Town have barred employees from returning to work. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) in the Western Cape says majority of its members who were involved in a nationwide strike have returned to work.

But the metalworkers union told Eyewitness News that some companies in the mother city have barred employees, who had downed tools, from returning to work.

This comes as employers' body, National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa), has not agreed to a wage deal of 10 percent, saying it was blatantly sidelined during negotiations.

The offer was however accepted by the Steel and Engineering Federation, the largest employer body this week and resulted in the end of the strike.

Numsa Western Cape's Clement Herandien says, "Most of them have returned to work because we need to press on those companies. Those companies are members of the employers' organisation, Neasa and have been told to comply."

Numsa on Wednesday accused the Neasa of forcing its members to embark on a secondary strike in the metal, engineering and automotive industry.