Strike dam­age ‘ir­repara­ble’

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS -

AFRIBUSINESS said yes­ter­day that a strike by the Na­tional Union of Me­tal­work­ers of South Africa (Numsa), if it went ahead, would cause ir­repara­ble dam­age to the econ­omy. This comes as Numsa last week slammed “in­tran­si­gent” em­ploy­ers in the en­gi­neer­ing sec­tor and warned of a “to­tal shut­down” in the in­dus­try as it goes into a fifth wage ne­go­ti­a­tion meet­ing. Numsa de­clared a dis­pute with em­ploy­ers in the en­gi­neer­ing sec­tor wage ne­go­ti­a­tions which dead­locked last month. Afribusiness’s labour law ad­vice unit man­ager, Charles Cas­tle, warned that the strike that Numsa was threat­en­ing the en­tire me­tal and en­gi­neer­ing in­dus­try with would harm, rather than ben­e­fit, the work­ers. He said if Numsa pro­ceeded with its strike, the sec­tor should ex­pect more re­trench­ments and job losses which South Africa could not af­ford at this stage with a cur­rent un­em­ploy­ment rate above 27 per­cent.

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