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South Africa: 220 000 workers to strike

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Staff writer ▼ | June 26, 2014
Karl CloeteThe National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has decided to start the strike on July 1. More than 220 000 Numsa members are expected to stop working.

Industry leader have called on the union not to go with the strike, saying the economy has already taken a massive hit due to the long mining strike which just ended but ut Numsa said it had no choice.

"This was not an easy decision, but a painful one, not taken with a pinch of salt, since the principle of no work no pay will be held by greedy bosses," Karl Cloete, Numsa's deputy general secretary, told reporters in Johannesburg. "It has never been our agenda to call a strike, this strike has been imposed on us."

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa is demanding a 12% wage hike after recently moving from 15% for one year. Companies are offering 7%. For the first year in a three-year wage deal. It also wants the scrapping of labour brokers.

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