numsaBusiness Report writes that workers in the new tyre-manufacturing sector appear to be heading towards going on strike.  

Irvin Jim, general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), indicated that the union was involved in talks with tyre manufacturers last week and had demanded a certificate of non-resolution of a dispute from the commissioner who facilitated the negotiations.  This was refused and the commissioner advised the parties to spend the next two weeks discussing how they could resolve the dispute.  “We will do everything to try and find a settlement but if employers are not prepared to move, we are bound to strike,” Jim stated.  A strike in either the tyre manufacturing sector or the automotive component manufacturing sector, where negotiations have also not yet been concluded, has the potential to halt production by vehicle manufacturers.

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