numsaBL Premium reports that automotive sector employers have broken their silence on the protracted wage talks with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) by indicating that they are looking “promising”.  

The Automobile Manufacturers Employers Organisation (Ameo) held another round of wage negotiations with Numsa in Pretoria this week aimed at reaching an agreement and averting a strike.  Ameo spokesperson Andile Dlamini said on Wednesday after the last round of talks for this week:  “The negotiations are still ongoing.  There is some promising process [unfolding].”  The employers have offered Numsa a 4.5% increase, in line with consumer inflation.  But, Ameo’s offer is nearly three-quarters less than the 20% pay increase across the board that Numsa wants.  Numsa’s other demands include morning, afternoon and night allowances of 10%, 20% and 30% respectively; an annual bonus increase from 8.33% to 12%; six months’ paid maternity leave; 10 days’ paid paternity leave; and a R5,000 monthly transport allowance.  Numsa also wants clerks, welders, spray painters and metal-finish workers to be paid a 20% allowance.

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