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numsaBusinessLive reports that employers in SA’s automotive industry have offered workers nearly three-quarters less than the pay increases they are demanding.  

This underlines the weak finances and sales in the sector, which is grappling with lower consumer spending on big items.  The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), which is demanding pay rises of 20% over three years, has agreed to run the 4.5% offer from the Automobile Manufacturers Employers Organisation (Ameo) by its members for approval, potentially reducing the prospect of a strike in this vital economic sector.  The talks got under way this week and on Thursday Numsa’s automotive and tyre co-ordinator, Vusumuzi Mkhungo, reported:  "We have laid out the road map for these negotiations.  The employers are saying their opening position is a 4.5% wage increase.  We are now reporting back to our members as to what is the attitude of employers, and we shall get a fresh mandate from them on the way forward."  Numsa’s other demands include morning, afternoon and night allowances of 10%, 20% and 30%, respectively.  In addition, the trade union is demanding an annual bonus increase from 8.33% to 12%, six months’ paid maternity leave and 10 days’ paid paternity leave, as well as a transport allowance of R5,000 a month.  Numsa also wants clerks, welders, spray painters and metal-finish workers to be paid a 20% allowance.

  • Read the full original of Luyolo Mkentane’s report in the above regard at BusinessLive

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