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South African Metalworkers' Union Rejects Pay Offer

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posted on Jul, 13 2014 @ 08:33 PM
Well, seems like this is yet another civil unrest issue coming out of South Africa... Johannesburg to be exact. For years the citizens of South Africa have always been battling against something. Whether it's racial issues or issues with the government, it seems there is always a new story coming out of South Africa. I really hope that one day South Africa can turn things around for the better and for the citizens to be at peace with themselves and with their government. However, it may be a very long time before that happens.

The South African metalworkers' union argue that black workers are still being underpaid and threaten to widen their strike even further...

JOHANNESBURG, July 13 (Reuters) - South Africa's metalworkers' union NUMSA rejected the latest pay offer from engineering and steel sector employers on Sunday, saying black workers were still underpaid, and threatened to widen its two-week old strike.

Industrial action by 220,000 NUMSA members, which followed on the heels of a crippling five-month strike in the platinum sector, has already forced General Motors to close its assembly plant in the southern city of Port Elizabeth.

Other companies affected are construction companies Murray & Roberts and Aveng Ltd, which are working on the construction of two major power plants for state power utility Eskom.

NUMSA is demanding a 12-15 percent annual wage increase for its members and on Sunday rejected employers' latest offer of a 10 percent increase this year, 9.5 percent in 2015 and 9.0 percent the year after that.

Irvin Jim, general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, said NUMSA would not accept anything less than a 10 percent annual rise over three years at the very least.

"While we are fully aware of the state of the industry in the metals and engineering sectors we are also very acutely aware of the miserable conditions of life of the majority of the black and African working class who ... survive on extremely low, colonial and very inferior racist-inspired wages," Jim told reporters.

"We are making a very clear statement that the strike continues and we call on our members to intensify the strike."

That could mean calling 100,000 NUMSA members in other industries to join the strike as well.

posted on Jul, 14 2014 @ 01:35 AM
Let's hope they do not strike their way out of as job. I don't know much about the situation but from the quote it seems to be saying they know the industry is not doing well, but they want their demands met anyway.


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