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seifsaBL Premium reports that the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is confident a multi-term wage deal will be reached at Wednesday’s talks between the parties.

Seifsa is the sector’s largest employer body, representing 19 organisations with about 170,000 workers. Unions including Solidarity and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) have been engaged in talks with employer organisations at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), demanding above-inflation increases. The Consolidated Employers Organisation, the National Employers Association of SA (Neasa), SA Engineers and Founders Association (Saefa), SA United Employers Organisation and Seifsa are offering increases of 5%-6% tied to the minimum rates of pay. Unions want the increases to be based on the actual wages earned by employees. Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini indicated that employers would table a proposal on Wednesday that would “allow us to sign a wage deal for the next three years”. He was confident the proposed offer from employers would “bring us to an agreement — if not, very close to a settlement. But we are confident what we will present … will bring us over the line.” Solidarity is demanding a 6% wage increase each year for three years. “But we want the increases to be based on the actual rate of pay,” said general secretary Gideon du Plessis. Numsa is demanding increases of 7% in the first year and 6% for the second and third years.

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

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