CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

1 July 2014

South Africa: SA Unions Welcome Metal, Engineering Strike

Photo: Nardus Engelbrecht/Sapa
Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa march for better wages in Cape Town.

Johannesburg — THE industrial action by more than 220 000 workers in the South African metal and engineering sectors has received wide support from other unions and the mother federation.

The strike, organised by National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), received backing from the country's federation - the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

In a statement, NUM General Secretary, Frans Baleni, said the Numsa strike was genuine and would address the eagerly-awaited living wage.

"The NUM supports NUMSA in their fight to close the apartheid wage gap, fighting for equity in the workplace and demanding a living wage," he said.

"As the NUM, we are saying that it is important for the working class to continue fighting for a living wage because they are among the most oppressed and exploited proletarians in the world.

"It is important for the working class to continue fighting for better salaries and better working conditions," Baleni said.

The NUMSA strike started on Tuesday morning and escalated across Cape Town, Durban, East London, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.

NUMSA is demanding a 12 percent wage increment and equality at the workplace.

The union is also against the issue of labour brokers.

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