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2012-10-03 11:17

FACTORY BY THE SEA: Toyota's assembly plant on the coast south of Durban was closed during a wage strike.

DURBAN - Workers at Toyota's Prospecton plant in Durban demonstrated for a pay rise on Tuesday, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA said.

kwaZulu-Natal regional secretary Mbuso Ngubane said the employees wanted an increase of R3.22 an hour.

The strike came after the employer increased the salary of team leaders outside the bargaining forum. Now team members also want more money, Ngubane said.

"The effect of Marikana is problematic because people fail to understand that each circumstance is different."


Ngubane said the protest started on Monday at Toyota Prospecton but Numsa would meet the workers and the employer on Wednesday to try to resolve the dispute.

eThekwini metro police spokesman Eugene Msomi confirmed the protest but added that no incidents had been reported.

Toyota spokesman Leo Kok confirmed the strike. "We have been engaging with Numsa," he said. "Our senior manager will be in Durban on Wednesday morning to facilitate the talks and we hope to find a resolution soon."

Kok said production at the plant had stopped on Monday afternoon.


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