Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) rejected the proposal to slash benefits, wages and conditions made by the management of ArcelorMittal South Africa. NUMSA, AMSA management and other recognized trade unions met for the first round of wage talks earlier this week as part of the first round of wage talks.
NUMSA has presented a detailed list of demands including 15% wage increases, 1 year bargaining agreement and the scrapping of labour brokers and service providers and all workers must be Insourced
NUMSA Sedibeng Regional Secretary Kabelo Ramokathali said AMSA did not respond to their demands.“Instead, they proposed to slash salaries and benefits. They want to down vary conditions and reverse all of the gains which workers have negotiated over the years”.
Ramokhathali added that the management of AMSA is notorious for exploiting workers for their labour and paying them very poorly. “The fact that labour brokering is alive and well at AMSA, despite a court ruling, which NUMSA secured, says a lot about how the management views workers and their families”.