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South Africa's economy will not survive another long strike

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Staff writer ▼ | June 6, 2014
South Africa strikeSouth Africa's economy would be hit by another massive strike by thousands of metal workers, local media reported on Thursday.

The strike now looks "inevitable" as no breakthrough has been achieved in the talks between workers and their employers, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) said. NUMSA said the talks in the metal and engineering sector have been unproductive, leaving them no choice but to embark on the massive strike.

More than 200,000 NUMSA members are expected to take part in the strike that will begin on July 1, according to the group. NUMSA, the biggest union of metalworkers in South Africa, wants wages raised by 15 percent, while employers want to raise them by only 6.1 percent.

Economists have voiced concerns that South Africa's economy will not survive another long standing strike.

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