Numsa threatens to intensify strike


The union members are demanding a 10 per cent increment, the scrapping of labour brokers and housing allowances of one thousand rand each.

(WATCH VIDEO: Numsa wage negotiations to continue)

Numsa’s National Striking Committee (NSC) noted that it had developed a maximum programme to intensify and accelerate the strike action.


“Our members are united and they have resolved that nothing will divide them or weaken their strike for a living wage and improved benefits,” noted Numsa in a statement.

“They [members] remain united on a principled double-digit wage increase, scrapping of labour brokers, and housing allowance of 1,000 rand.”  

South Africa’s biggest metalworkers’ trade union added that workers were adamant that Section 37 of the main agreement was fundamental and important, because it would assist to end scrupulous and discriminatory practices by employers to give allowances and other benefits to higher-paid workers.

The union has also urged its striking members to hold solidarity lunch-time pickets and demonstrations in sectors linked or affected by engineering/metals motor strike, namely auto, tyre and rubber, Eskom, mining, and Transnet.

Numsa has been calling for its members to desist from violence noting that those involved where not its union members.

(WATCH VIDEO: Numsa strike becomes violent)

“The union has made a public call to all our striking members to be vigilant and guard against agent provocateurs or rotten none Numsa elements that want to hijack the strike,” read the statement.

“We have put in place extra measures to ensure that all our actions and pickets are peaceful. In the same breadth, we remain humbled by high levels of discipline and maturity displayed by our members.” 


A three-week strike by South Africa’s metal workers union NUMSA will not delay the first output from power utility Eskom’s new Medupi plant in December, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said on Wednesday.

The strike has halted some work on the construction sites of two crucial power stations for the state-owned power utility.

*Additional reporting by Reuters