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2013-08-21 07:51

NUMSA IN AUTO INDUSTRY DISPUTE: Numsa says it will conduct marches across South Africa to protest current auto-industry wages Image: Numsa

JOHANNESBURG - The strike in the South African auto sector will intensify next week with nationwide marches planned to support a demand for more pay and benefits.

National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) spokesperson Castro Ngobese said: "We're preparing to take the battle to the employers' doorsteps in the form of marches and demonstrations, starting next week."

About 31 000 Numsa-aligned workers downed tools because pay talks deadlocked in July. They want a 14% pay increase, a R750 housing subsidy and a R125-a-week transport allowance.

The employers - VW, Toyota, BMW, Nissan, UD Trucks, and Man Trucks and Bus - have tabled six percent.

Curent pay is about R8500 a month for basic workers but R18 000 for technicians, according to the union.

Ngobese said production lines had stopped in Pretoria, the industry's heartland, as well as in Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London.

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