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arcelormittalBL Premium reports that striking National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members at ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa) are expected back at work after the Labour Court granted the steel producer an interim order prohibiting workers from striking for above-inflation wage increases.

This came after Numsa downed tools on Wednesday and embarked on industrial action at Amsa’s operations in support of its demand for a 10% pay hike. The company said on Wednesday that the court had granted it an interim interdict forcing Amsa employees working at the blast furnaces, coke batteries and steel making operations in Vanderbijlpark and Newcastle to pause the strike. “Should these employees continue with the strike it will be considered unlawful,” the company stated. Numsa national spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said because the court order was enforceable immediately, the union members would have to stop the strike action. “There is no written judgment at this stage, and I don’t think we will get it today [Wednesday]. We are all waiting for a written judgment and then we will know how to proceed,” she indicated. The union had issued the company with a strike notice on Monday, after a breakdown in the 2022 annual wage negotiations. The steel giant has fiercely defended its wage increase offer of 7% as “fair”, citing on Wednesday that the increase was higher than the 5.5% average in the sector.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Michelle Gumede and Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)

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