Numsa wants Ramaphosa's help on wage talks

2021-Oct-06   07:08

Numsa wants Ramaphosa's help on wage talks
National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), General Secretary Ivirn Jim durin the protest over salary increase in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Source: Silver Sibiya/Newsnote

- Silver Sibiya

President of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), Andrew Chirwa, has appealed to President Cyril Ramaphosa to mediate in the wage stalemate between the union and employers in the engineering sector.

The union on Tuesday handed over a memorandum of demands to the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council in Johannesburg.

Thousands of workers marched from Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown to Johannesburg Central Business District where the offices of the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council are at.

“Ramaphosa himself must tell his friends in business to give workers their living wage. They cannot talk elections when workers are orphans at this time of need,” said Chirwa while reading the workers' memorandum of demands.

He said employers in the industry are bringing back the meager apartheid wages.

“Their main target is to bring back the apartheid wages where super exploitation of black and African labour is the order of the day,” he said.

The union is demanding an 8% salary increase, while employers are offering a mere 4% increment.

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