South African Metal Workers to Strike Over Wages

A metal workers’ union in South Africa is set to strike at ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on Wednesday after a deadlock in wage negotiations.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) said on Monday that it has provided Africa’s largest steel producer with a 48-hour strike notice after failed negotiations.

NUMSA sought a 10% across-the-board wage hike, along with a house allowance, 80% contribution from the employer to medical insurance premiums, and the scrapping of labor brokers and insourcing of temporary workers.

AMSA had only offered a 5% wage increase along with a small cash incentive, which the union said it rejected. “What is a 5% increase for the lowest paid worker who earns approximately R7000? It is not much at all,” NUMSA wrote in a statement.


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