Numsa holds out for ‘better offer’

10/09/2010 11:02

THE National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) rejected a revised 10% wage offer from motor industry employers yesterday, and called on its members to continue striking until a settlement was nike shoesThe strike has already shut down some vehicle dealerships and halted component manufacture. The vehicle components sector has been identified by the Department of Trade and Industry as a sector that requires incentives to drive its development. Numsa spokesman Castro Ngobese said the 10% offer was rejected as it did not apply to all workers in the motor industry, but only to petrol attendants. The offer was also not backdated. Nike Air Max Ltd 2 “Our strike must have been successful so far to have pushed employers’ up from 6,6%. We will strike more to see that all workers can enjoy a fair wage,” he said. Car retailers, such as Associated Motor Holdings, have closed some parts warehouses, while others are running on skeleton staff. Vehicle manufacturers such as Nissan, Toyota, VW and BMW have closed factories until the strike eases. Numsa deputy general secretary Karl Cloete told Business Day that other workers in the industry — excluding petrol attendants — had been offered 8%. He said the parties were moving for a deal where there would be a 10% increase for all motor workers this year, 9% next year and 9% in 2012. Air Max Ltd 2 Petrol workers would advance from the current hourly minimum wage of R13 to about R17 by 2012 — closer to the R20 they had asked for this year. Workers were also upset by the use of labour brokers to staff petrol stations during the strike. Efficient Group economist Merina Willemse said the motor industry strike would have a similar effect to that of the Transnet strike earlier this year, which had cost the economy billions in lost exports . Meanwhile, a small group of parliamentary workers from the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) yesterday protested in Parliament Street against a salary offer made by Parliament late yesterday.Air Max shoes It is the fourth day of such protests, which are unrelated to the now suspended national strike by public service workers. Parliament is designated as an essential service, which precludes strike action and determines that disputes must be resolved through arbitration. Parliament has presented Nehawu with two options. The first option proposes a 7% across-the-board wage increase, effective from April 1 this year. The second option proposes a three-year package made up of an 8,5% across-the-board salary increase, effective from April 1 for this financial year, and increases of 1% more than the consumer price index (CPI) for the end of March next year and 2012, or the National Treasury indicative figure — whichever one is higher — for the next two shoes “If the CPI is less than 4% or more than 9%, negotiations would be reopened. If the CPI is between 4% and 9%, salaries would be adjusted in terms of the CPI of March of the relevant year, plus 1%,” a parliamentary statement said. “Nehawu has not yet accepted either of these two options.” The statement said that staff had been picketing outside of working hours and that Parliament was functioning normally.Vibram Five Fingers Kso - An improved offer was tabled in a bid to end a strike at mining company Exxaro . Striking employees at the KwaZulu-Natal Sands operation, near Richards Bay, were presented with an offer of 8,5% — up from 8% earlier. The National Union of Mineworkers has until September 13 to accept or reject the offer. The union is demanding 14%.Air Max Ltd 2 Air Max Tn Air Max Tn(Special Edition) Women Air Max Ltd Women's Air Max 90