Numsa warns over make-or-break motor industry wage talks

Numsa warns over make-or-break motor industry wage talks

Wage negotiations in the motor industry are set to continue on Tuesday and Wednesday in an effort to avoid a full-blown strike at the end of this month.


The National Union of Metalworkers is demanding a 12% across the board wage increase.

Employers are yet to make an offer.

The sector employs more than 300 000 workers nationally, with the majority affiliated to Numsa.


The union’s spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola believes a strike can still be avoided.

“We hope to resolve this over the next two days. If we fail to find one another, then unfortunately we will be headed for a national strike. 

“We will then proceed with picketing rules and insist that a certificate of strike is issued. A strike can be avoided, all we are asking for is meaningful engagement. Numsa remains ready to talk and we urge them to work with us to resolve this impasse.”

The union has declared a dispute with employers. 

The two parties will meet under the auspices of the Dispute Resolution Committee of MIBCO in an attempt to break the deadlock. 

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