Metalworkers Strike Ends in South Africa

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) members strike for better wages. (Google Images)

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) members strike for better wages. (Google Images)

BBC Africa is reporting that a four-week strike in South Africa has come to an end after the country’s largest trade union reached a deal with employers.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said its 220,000 striking members had “unanimously” accepted the employers’ offer.

The deal promised three-year fixed annual wage increases of 10% for Numsa’s lowest-paid workers.

Both sides compromised significantly on the agreement.

The author writes:

“Numsa lowered its initial demand of an increase between 12 and 15%, while Steel and the Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa), the body representing employers, increased theirs, up from an opening 7%.

Seifsa chief executive Kaizer Nyatsumba said he hoped ‘all parties would honor the letter and spirit of the agreement.'”

The strike cost the engineering sector about R300m ($28M USD) a day.

Read more on BBC Africa.

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