South Africa: Numsa Throws a Strike Threat for SA's Broken Economy

analysis

A dispute over salary increases for workers in SA's engineering and steel industry has been declared by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA. The union is now threatening strike action in the industry, which could be disastrous for an economy that took a R50-billion hit due to the recent social unrest.

A general strike in the public sector, which could have shut down state hospitals, schools, and police stations, has been averted but possible industrial action might be in the offing in SA's engineering and steel industry.

A strike in the engineering and steel industry, which contributes about 10% to SA's overall economic activity, could further harm an economy that is still reeling from Covid-19 related lockdowns and the recent week of anarchy.

In the public sector, salary negotiations were concluded in July after a majority of trade unions that represent 1.3 million public servants accepted the government's offer of a 1.5% salary increase for 2021.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), which claims to have more than 339,000 members, has trashed the government's offer for public servants, calling it an "insult" because public sector unions were pushing for an increase of at least...

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 110 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.

X