NUMSA mobilizing for a total shut down

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) says it is on the verge of a strike at Samancor. NUMSA lodged a mutual interest dispute which was heard on Friday, 12 August 2022 with the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) because “Samancor management is not negotiating in good faith”.

NUMSA National Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said the one-year wage agreement expired at the end of June this year.

Hlubi-Majola said they are demanding 15% across the board. “The lowest paid worker earns approximately R7000 after deductions. Our members reject the 6% proposal because it is not even across the board”. NUMSA is also demanding 100% medical aid contribution. “The employer is making a minimal contribution of R2160 and that contribution does not take into account whether you have dependants or not.”

Hlubi-Majola added that they are waiting for the strike certificate to be issued. “In the meantime we will be mobilizing our members for a total shut down of all smelters at Samancor.”

She reiterated that it is unfortunate that they have to consider this as an option, “but the arrogance of management has provoked such a response. We remain open to negotiations if they want to talk and engage us in a meaningful manner so that we do not have to resort to strike action.”

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