Strike is not over: Numsa


Comments by the  National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) follows the latest 10 per cent offer made on Tuesday by the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (SEIFSA).

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“The strike continues and has not been suspended. Our members, at the coal face of the strike will make the final decision on whether to end the strike or not,” said Numsa spokesperson Castro Ngobese.


The union noted that a decision was expected in the next two days after a marathon of meeting between members.

Numsa’s National Executive Committee (NEC) held a special meeting last night (Tuesday) to deliberate on developments.

Members of Numsa are demanding a 15 per cent increment which analysts believe could be hard to attain.

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“The special NEC deliberated on the proposed settlement offer, as facilitated by the Department of Labour,” noted Ngobese.

“In line with our core principle of worker mandates and accountability; the NEC developed a concrete and detailed framework for reporting back to our members, the owners of the strike.”

Numsa noted that a final decision in relation to the proposed settlement offer will only be communicated once the members make a decision.

The union says a number of meetings will be convened in the next two days to present the offer.

“A special NEC [meeting] will be convened at an appropriate time to receive feedback and a renewed mandate from our members. This is line with our established traditions, as worker-controlled, transparent and democratic trade union.”