numsaBusiness Report writes that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has dropped two demands that were major stumbling blocks to a new wage agreement with the retail motor industry.  

These were its demands for a one-year agreement rather than a three-year agreement and for a mega bargaining council for the motor industry.  According to Irvin Jim, Numsa’s general secretary, the negotiations with the retail motor industry has reached “a critical stage” because the previous agreement has expired and Numsa members were beginning to panic.  He said that now that the motor manufacturing sector had settled, the retail motor sector would be forced to decide if it wanted to take the entire industry into a strike, adding that the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) had to date made offers that amounted to “absolutely nothing”.  “We go back to negotiations (with the RMI) now and they now know they are the centre of focus and have to come to the party and move in the negotiations.”

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