Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) will be marching to the offices of the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) on Tuesday the 5th of October 2021. This is part of the first day of action for the National Engineering Strike. Marches will also be taking place in the Eastern Cape, the Northern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and rallies will be held in the Western Cape.
NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim said NUMSA had deadlocked with all employer associations in Engineering, including NEASA, SEIFSA, SAEFA and the CEO. “We are left with no choice but to strike and to withhold our labour indefinitely until the bosses give into our just demands.”
NUMSA is demanding an 8% increase across the board for the first year, and CPI + 2% improvement factor for the second and third year. If CPI + 2% falls below 6%, employers must offer 6% or re-open negotiations. “If anyone is threatening our economic recovery it is these selfish employers who are rampant exploiters, and who give nothing back to workers, whose labour is the key to the success of the organisation” added Jim.