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A conclusion has been reached between NUMSA and the Structure

THE Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has hailed the end of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) strike (Numsa). 

Following its special national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday, Numsa stated that it has approved Seifsa's 6 percent compensation rise offer.

The country's largest trade union, on the other hand, committed to keep fighting what it called the "blatant robbery of the labour surplus value of the true producers of wealth — the workers." 

Numsa reminded the country that their struggle was for the advancement of humanity, not for greed and profit maximisation for a few at the expense of the many. 

"It is within the context of this more in-depth and sober consideration that the Numsa special NEC met last night and decided to accept the current 6% on minimums, notwithstanding our prior demand that it be given on actuals,"

According to Seifsa, the agreement covers the period from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2024, and represents a complete and final settlement of salary and working conditions. 

"Wages will be modified on average by 5.49 percent during the three-year period, with a general labourer receiving 6% and craftsmen 5% calculated on rand and cents on the planned rates," the organisation added. 

Numsa defended its initial 15% demands, which the union then reduced to 8%, and has now been reduced to 6%.

Irvin Jim, Numsa's general secretary, said the union was right in demanding a raise in actual pay since engineering personnel not only deserved, but had earned a 6 percent raise in actual pay. 

"As a federation representing employer groups that employ the majority of engineering personnel," Jim stated, "Seifsa wasted an opportunity to use its majority to break with the racist past." 

Workers in the business are now paid between R49.55 and R84.75 per hour across 13 grades, but this will increase to between R52.52 and R89 per hour starting in July this year.

Wages will rise to between R55.67 and R93.44 and R59 and R98.11 in 2022/23 and 2023/24, respectively. 

Numsa has requested that all employer associations enable its members to report to work beginning Friday, October 22 and ending Monday, October 25.

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