Numsa will hold a national strike in the country’s mechanical engineering sector from October 5th after collective bargaining has stalled, the union said on Tuesday.
Employers in the important economic sector in the midst of a economic downturns exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic have battled Numsa’s calls for an 8% increase in the first year and inflation of plus 2% for the next two years.
The Industry organization Seifsa offers an offer of 4.4% increase for 2021, inflation plus 0.5% in 2022 and inflation plus 1% in the third year confirmed the standstill and the strike call on Reuters.
“We will begin the strike with a national march, “the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said in a statement.
Numsa is the largest union in the mechanical engineering sector and is part of the engineering barg with the four major employers’ associations Aining Council, which represents stalemate around 430,000 workers in 90,000 companies across South Africa.
The Steel and Mechanical Engineering Federation of SA (Seifsa) said strikes would have a significant impact on the ailing economy and companies .
“We have seen unprecedented job losses and companies are really struggling to keep their doors open,” said Lucio Trentini, CEO of Seifsa.