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S.Africa’s NUMSA rejects new wage provide, engineering strike continues

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CAPE TOWN, Oct 14 (Reuters) – South Africa’s greatest engineering union, NUMSA, has rejected a new wage provide as a nationwide strike that has already hit output at automotive maker BMW (BMWG.DE) enters its second week on Thursday, employer physique SEIFSA stated.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), with round 155,000 members organised within the sector, have been on strike since Oct. 5 to press for larger wages, an motion that would hit provides of components to make new automobiles and equipment.

On Monday, luxurious automotive maker BMW stated it misplaced manufacturing at its essential car meeting plant in South Africa when plenty of suppliers had been affected. learn extra

“Regrettably at the conclusion of last night’s meeting we can report that we do not have an agreement,” Lucio Trentini, chief govt at business physique Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA), instructed Reuters.

“We will regroup this morning and plot the way forward. The revised and improved offer has been rejected,” he added, after NUMSA took a revised provide to the members final week. learn extra

The strike was launched after wage talks hit a impasse and arbitration failed, with NUMSA demanding an 8% across-the-board wage rise within the first 12 months, and inflation plus 2% for the second and third years.

SEIFSA had provided 4.4% for 2021, inflation plus 0.5% in 2022 and inflation plus 1% within the third 12 months.

A NUMSA spokeswoman didn’t remark and stated the group deliberate to have a media briefing later within the day.

Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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