ArcelorMittal’s bid to halt Numsa's national strike dismissed

Employees affiliated to Numsa have been on strike for close to three weeks, demanding a 10% wage increase across the board.

Numsa members picket outside Macsteel headquarters in Boksburg on 18 January 2021. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says the Labour Court has dismissed an application by ArcelorMittal to interdict a national strike at all of its South African plants.

Employees affiliated to the union have been on strike for close to three weeks, demanding a 10% wage increase across the board.

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Numsa said the steel producer company's intension was to undermine the right to strike, saying worker view this as an attempt to divide them.

In a statement, the union said the Labour Court's decision confirmed that all employees, without exception, had the right to strike.

Numsa says it will intensify the strike at all plants nationally.