Numsa accepts Seifsa's 6% wage hike for workers in metal, engineering sector

Workers downed tools earlier this month demanding an 8% salary hike.

FILE: Thousands of Numsa members marched from Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown to the offices of the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council in Marshalltown on 5 October 2021. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey Makhaza/Eyewitness News

JOHANENSBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Thursday announced it's accepted a 6% wage increase for three years from the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), bringing an end to the three-week strike in the metal and engineering sector.

The union held a briefing following a special executive meeting on Wednesday night.

Workers downed tools earlier this month demanding an 8% salary hike.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said they had decided to accept the 6% wage increase based on the minimum rate of pay.

Jim said workers in the sector were justified in their call for better pay and had earned this increase.

Numsa said its decision to accept the 6% wage increase was in the interest of workers.

Jim said: “Numsa was justified in our demand for an increase on actual rates of pay because engineering workers not only deserve an increase of 6% on actuals, but they have earned that increase. Seifsa, a federation that represents employers that employ the majority of the workers in the engineering sector, missed the opportunity to use its majority to break with the racist past.”

Workers are expected to return to work between Thursday and Monday.

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