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Strike halts Isuzu KB production

2010-09-09 06:46
General Motors SA has shut down its Isuzu KB line as a result of the strike in the auto components sector, the car manufacturer said on Wednesday.

This follows the factory closures by Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz,Toyota and BMW last week.

"We are deeply concerned about the viability of the industry as industrial action like this sends a negative message regarding labour cost and flexibility in SA, and in so doing we  risk becoming a less attractive destination for future investment," GMSA's communications manager Denise van Huyssteen said in a statement.

In the interest of protecting the economy, it was "absolutely vital" that all the stakeholders work together to resolve the strike as a matter of urgency.

Earlier on Wednesday, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said it had rejected a revised offer of 10% from motor industry employees.

Its workers would continue striking until a final settlement was reached.

Numsa spokesman Castro Ngobese said while Numsa believed upping the offer from six to 10 percent had been influenced by industrial action, the union "still had problems with it."

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