Numsa threatens Neasa with court action

Numsa is expected to file court papers next week to force Neasa to match the 10 percent pay increase.

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

CAPE TOWN - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) in the Western Cape has threatened to take the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) to court as strikes drag on at some companies.

Most of the over 200,000 Numsa members are back at work after accepting a 10 percent offer from employer body Seifsa.

But Neasa companies say they can only afford seven percent and have continued with a lockout.

Numsa's Vuyo Lufele says the battle for a higher wage in the steel and engineering sector is far from over.

"We are going to challenge legally because our members are unfairly dismissed are unfairly replaced. The strike is over."

Lufele led a group of protesting workers in a demonstration outside a Neasa-affiliated burglar proofing company yesterday after a lockout.

The union is expected to file court papers next week in attempt to force Neasa to match the 10 percent pay increase offered by Seifsa.