JOHANNESBURG, July 14 — The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will meet with employer bodies in the steel and engineering sector on Monday to discuss the strike by more than 200,000 workers in the sector.
On Sunday, Numsa announced that its nine regions had rejected the latest offer from the Steel and Engineering Industry Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa). This offer involved a 10 per cent wage increase in the first year, 9.5 per cent in the second year and 9.0 percent in the third year.
The strike entered its third week on Monday.
Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim said here Sunday: “Our members are saying, if employers want a three-year agreement, they must accept that there must be an increase on an ascending scale which means 10, 11, 12 (per cent).
“Should the employers continue with their reckless unreasonable demand we might be left with no option but to call for targeted solidarity action in all our sectors; this is seriously under consideration.”