Numsa says talks have col­lapsed

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - ANA

THE NATIONAL Union of Me­tal­work­ers of South Africa (Numsa) said yes­ter­day that wage ne­go­ti­a­tions with em­ploy­ers in the en­gi­neer­ing sec­tor have dead­locked af­ter the union re­jected the 5.3 per­cent wage in­crease ear­lier this month.

Numsa has been meet­ing em­ploy­ers under the aus­pices of the bar­gain­ing cham­ber, the Metal and En­gi­neer­ing In­dus­tries Bar­gain­ing Coun­cil, to ne­go­ti­ate a new wage agree­ment. The talks come as the cur­rent wage agree­ment lapses at the end of June.

The union tabled a de­mand for a 15 per­cent wage in­crease across the board on the ac­tual rate that work­ers are earn­ing, not on the min­i­mum rate, and an ex­ten­sion of the cur­rent agree­ment for two years.

Numsa’s act­ing spokesper­son, Phakamile Hlubi, said talks have dead­locked be­cause they are try­ing to im­pose back­ward wage pro­pos­als which will see new work­ers in the sec­tor earn­ing only half of the cur­rent min­i­mum rate. He ac­cused the en­gi­neer­ing sec­tor of be­ing racist, say­ing that the cur­rent min­i­mum wage is at R40 per hour but the sec­tor wishes to slash en­try level salaries by 50 per­cent.

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