The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has vowed to continue with their strike until theirdemands are met.
Thousands of Metalworkers took to the streets to make themselves heard. Marches were held in Durban, the Northern Cape, Johannesburg, Eastern Cape and two rallies were held in the Western Cape.
Numsa wants a salary increase of 8% for one year (2021) and an adjustment of consumer inflation plus 2% for the following two years.
“We are calling on and demanding that employers must put on the table an 8% increase across the board for the first year, and CPI + 2% improvement factor for the second and third year,” said Numsa spokesperson, PhakamileHlubi.
Hlubi said their members made it clear that they reject with contempt the 4.4% increase offered by employers in the engineering sector.
“Workers demand and deserve a meaningful increase for the sacrifices they have made for the economy, and, for the engineering sector as a whole,” she said.
Hlubi said that if CPI + 2% falls below 6%, employers must offer 6% or re-open negotiations.
Meanwhile SEIFSA has indicated that it wants to meet to negotiate.
“The strike continues today, and it will continue every day until our demands have been met. NUMSA members will be picketing in various work places across the country. We remind members to be disciplined when they picket to adhere to the picketing rules. At the same time covid-19 protocols must be maintained,”