S. Africa: Metalworkers' Strike Raises Concern


In the wake of a five-month mineworkers' strike that cost the platinum industry R24 billion in lost revenue, metalworkers have downed tools, raising fears of a recession.

Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa march for better wages in Cape Town.

  • South Africa:  Union Expresses Concern Over Shrinking Economy, Strike Action

    South African Press Association, 2 July 2014

    The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of SA (Seifsa) on Tuesday said it was concerned by the country's shrinking economy caused by strike action. read more »

  • South Africa:  Metal Sector Strike Political, Union Leader Says

    South African Press Association, 1 July 2014

    The strike by thousands of metalworkers across the country is a political fight for a living wage, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Tuesday. read more »

  • South Africa:  Numsa Strike - It Is About Politics, Stupid!

    Daily Maverick, 2 July 2014

    Trust Zwelinzima Vavi to tell it like it is. "A demand for a living wage is political, because it is politics that allowed such conditions 20 years into a democracy," the Cosatu ... read more »

  • South Africa:  NUM Supports Numsa Strike Starting Today

    Congress of South African Trade Unions, 1 July 2014

    The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) fully support the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) in their strike fighting for a living wage. read more »

  • South Africa:  Unions Welcome Metal, Engineering Strike

    CAJ News Agency, 1 July 2014

    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. read more »

Photo: Numsa

Numsa members marching (file photo).

  • South Africa:  Statement of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of Numsa

    Congress of South African Trade Unions, 30 June 2014

    The Numsa National Executive Committee (NEC) met between 25th - 27th June 2014 and dealt with the all the areas of its work which included a political analysis, an organizational ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Cosatu Backs Numsa Strike

    Congress of South African Trade Unions, 1 July 2014

    The Congress of South African Trade Unions declares its total solidarity with the 220 000 members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA in the metals and engineering sectors, ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Metal Workers Down Tools

    SAnews.gov.za, 1 July 2014

    About 220 000 National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) workers in the steel and metal sector are downing tools in a nationwide strike that starts today. read more »

  • South Africa:  SA Metal, Engineering Workers Strike

    CAJ News Agency, 30 June 2014

    MORE than 220 000 South African workers in the metal and engineering sectors plan to go on strike on Tuesday to demand salary increases. read more »

  • South Africa:  Strike of the Month - Welcome to Metals & Engineering

    Daily Maverick, 29 June 2014

    On Tuesday, only a week after the resolution of the platinum strike, the National Union of Metalworkers SA (Numsa) will embark on a strike in the metals and engineering sector. As ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Minister Brown Must Prevent Numsa Strike At Eskom

    Democratic Alliance, 30 June 2014

    National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has indicated that they will embark on an indefinite strike on the 1 July 2014. Approximately 10 000 Eskom workers may also ... read more »

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