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2013-09-03 07:54

MARCH THREAT: Numsa strikers involved in the current auto workers' strike will march on the employers' HQ in Pretoria. Image: Numsa

Johannesburg - Automobile industry strikers will march to Naamsa's offices in Pretoria today (Sept 3) to hand over demands to the automakers' body.

A National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) spokesman said: "The march is part of our organisational strategy, a tactical tool to force the auto sector to concede to workers' demands."

PROSPECTS IN PERIL

The strike is now in its third week. The strikers have rejected an industry pay increase of a 10% while, Naamsa says, their actions are undermining the country's international reputation for being a reliable supplier of new vehicles.

"Unless the strike ends in the next few days the damage to prospects and foreign investment sentiment could be far-reaching and take years to redress."

Seven major vehicle plants are affected by the strike - BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen.
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