Numsa headed for wage strike in motoring sector

Numsa headed for wage strike in motoring sector

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it is heading for a national strike in the motor industry after wage negotiations with employers reached a deadlock.

Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile

Numsa is demanding a 12% wage increase across the board.

The trade union represents 90 000 workers in the components manufacturing companies, petrol stations, and car dealerships.

However, the employer the Fuel Retail Association (FRA) is only offering 4% for all forecourt attendants and 3% for cashiers.

The union says it has served the Association and the Retail Motor Industries a 30-day notice to reconsider its offer before heading to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA).

Some of the demands include the night shift and transport allowance for garage workers.

"Overtime rate to be in line with the BCEA for chapter 3 workers, Alignment of the wage negotiations calendar for Chapter 2 & 3 and the Auto sector, Scrapping of discrimination clauses against Numsa members of the Sick & Accident fund,” said Numsa’s national spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.

"They work very late at night, and it is not safe for them to depend on public transport when they knock off late at night, or when they start their shifts early in the morning. We demand a peace clause that allows us to raise issues in the workplace that are not covered by the MIBCO collective agreement."

Hlubi-Majola says Retail Motor Industries has not made an offer.


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