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Vavi: Neasa being unreasonable

Vavi says bosses are greedy for rejecting the wage settlement brokered by the Minister of Labour.

The settlement was brokered by the Minister of Labour and signed by the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) and five other unions. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi says National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) is being unreasonable by refusing to sign a wage settlement this week.

Vavi says bosses are greedy for rejecting the wage settlement brokered by the Minister of Labour and signed by the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) and five other unions at the bargaining council effectively ending a four week long strike.

Neasa refused to sign the offer after claiming it's been side-lined in the negotiation process facilitated by the Labour Department.

Over 200,000 Numsa-affiliated workers downed tools at steel and engineering companies across the country for a 10 percent wage hike on 1 July.

The union settled with the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on 28 July.

Vavi has accused the association of being greedy and widening divisions within the engineering and metals sector.

Neasa refused to sign the settlement, ending the four-week-long strike in the sector, saying it's unaffordable and will cripple the industry.

Neasa which represents 22 members who employ about 70,000 workers continues to lock out Numsa members at its factories.

Both Neasa and Numsa have threatened to take each other to court over the settlement.

Vavi says Neasa is declaring war instead of seeking peace.