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S.Africa’s NUMSA considers new supply to finish engineering strike

CAPE TOWN, Oct 8 (Reuters) – South Africa’s greatest metalworkers union stated on Friday its members have been contemplating a brand new proposal to finish a strike within the engineering sector, now in it is fourth day.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), with round 155,000 members organised within the sector, have been on strike to press for increased wages, an motion that might hit provides of components to make new automobiles and equipment.

“If our members are satisfied with it, we may be able to settle the strike. In the meantime the strike will continue,” NUMSA stated in a press release.

The strike was launched after wage talks hit impasse and arbitration failed, with NUMSA demanding an 8% across-the-board wage rise within the first 12 months, and inflation plus 2% for the second and third years.

Industry physique Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) had provided 4.4% for 2021, inflation plus 0.5% in 2022 and inflation plus 1% within the third 12 months.

Lucio Trentini, chief govt at SEIFSA which represents greater than 1,000 giant and small corporations, stated they met with NUMSA officers earlier this week the place a “framework proposal” was agreed.

He instructed Reuters on Friday the proposal coated 4 pillars – wages, their period, extension past these immediately concerned in negotiations and a particular dispensation that may help in attaining the third pillar. Trentini didn’t present particulars, saying it was confidential.

“If both sides can agree that that is the best way to move forward, neither side will stand in the way of bringing the strike and lockout that is currently in play to an end,” Trentini stated.

He added that SEIFSA hoped to obtain suggestions over the weekend, possibly as late as Monday or Tuesday subsequent week.

Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

A South Africa's Communist Party (SACP) flag is seen at a march by members of South Africa's biggest trade union group, COSATU, during a nationwide protest against job losses, wage curbs and corruption cases, in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 7, 2021. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko