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2013-06-19 12:12

NUMSA IN AUTO INDUSTRY DISPUTE: Numsa is calling for a 100% wage increase for lower-paid workers as well as a transport allowance for workers who clock off after 6pm. Image: Numsa

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is in a wage dispute with the auto industry, although a senior official said the move "did not mean a strike" by the 100 000-strong union was imminent.

Numsa treasurer Mphumzi Maqungo said: "I can confirm that there is a dispute."

Numsa declared a dispute because employers had not responded to union demands for at least R6000 a month and a R30-an-hour increase for workers earning more than R6000 a month - which would almost double the R6000 amount.

Numsa is also demanding a full transport allowance for employees who finish work after 6pm and calling for a ban on labour brokers.

20-100% INCREASES DEMANDED

Jakkie Olivier, chief executive designate of the Retail Motor Industry organisation, said that negotiations deadlocked because employers were concerned that the union was already hostile so early in the process and had not given time for issues to be resolved.

According to Business Report, Olivier said Numsa’s demands ranged from 100% increases for lower-paid workers to above 20% for workers at higher job grades.

Employers tabled an offer related to the consumer price index of 5.9% for the retail motor industry and 5% for the component manufacturing industry.





 
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