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numsaEWN reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says it’s anticipating a difficult wage negotiations season as it prepares to bargain in several sectors in the coming months.  

The union held a collective bargaining conference last week where it discussed strategies on how to approach negotiations in the auto, aviation and security sectors.  Negotiations mostly get underway during the winter season and are not infrequently followed by strike action.  Among the list of issues Numsa said would make this year’s negotiations tough for workers were the recently amended strike and picketing laws.  Trade unions have been given until just after June to change their constitutions in line with the amendments in the Labour Relations Act that require leaders to ballot their members on whether or not to embark on strike action.  Numsa has been one of the greatest critics of the new provisions, describing them as anti-worker.  The Labour Registrar has warned that unions which fail to effect the changes could be deregistered.

  • Read the original of Theto Mahlakoana’s report in the above regard at EWN

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