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numsaBusinessLive reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) says that, while it is still committed to break a wage deadlock in the motor sector, it is readying members ahead of what is “seemingly going to be a national strike” after parties could not find each other after two days of talks.

The motor sector represents employees in components manufacturing companies, fuel stations, car dealerships, car cleaning and auto-spare assembly and panel-beating workshops, and employs about 306,000 workers nationally, of whom about 90,000 are Numsa members. “We have not found each other. Numsa is unfortunately headed for a strike, the reason ... is that the offer that we received from the FRA (Fuel Retailers Association) is an offer which we cannot accept,” Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola advised. She added: “They offered 4% across the board for forecourt attendants and they offered 3% for cleaners and 3% for cashiers, and this is for the entire duration of the three-year [term]. Their proposal is based on the condition that Numsa must drop all other demands. This is not something that we can accept given that these are some of the lowest-paid workers. A cleaner earns R21 an hour.” Hlubi-Majola said the union, which was demanding a 12% wage increase, had hoped the RFA and Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) “would meet us at the point of inflation. We cannot accept the offer from FRA. The RMI did not even make an offer”. The parties held crunch talks at the Motor Industries Bargaining Council (Mibco) on Tuesday and Wednesday in an effort to break the wage deadlock lodged by Numsa recently. Hlubi-Majola said the union was now waiting for the CCMA to “give us a date for conciliation”.

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

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