Neasa vows to continue fighting Numsa/Seifsa deal

Neasa says extending the deal will mean firms won't be able to afford to keep workers.

FILE: 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 Employers Association of South Africa says it's going to keep fighting to stop a deal signed between the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), from being extended to companies that didn't sign it.

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, halting production at automakers including General Motors and hitting work at new power plants.

The union and other employers in the metal and engineering sector brokered a deal on 28 July, ending the almost four-week long strike.

Neasa says extending this deal will lead to firms having to fire workers because they won't be able to afford to keep them.

The organisation's Chief Executive Officer Gerhard Papenfus said, "That agreement was negotiated outside of the structures of the bargaining council. It is a Seifsa/Numsa deal negotiated in a back room somewhere."

Papenfus says they'll appeal and also said he hopes Oliphant behaves responsibly when deciding whether to extend this agreement.