The National National Union Of Metal Workers(NUMSA) embarks on a massive nationwide protest across the country to voice out their frustrations over wage increment.
The affiliated workers in the metal and engineering sector are demanding an 8% increase from their sectors.
As part of the first action for the National Engineering Strike, marches are underway in Free State, Nothern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng and Western Cape.
Engineering sector employees have gone through an extremely difficult period last year but kept going to keep the sector open.
“This is an opportunity for the employer to express appreciation of the sacrifices made by engineering sector employees,” addressed the Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.
“We are demanding 8% increase across the board for the first, and CPI+2% improvement factor for the second and third year.
“If CPI+2 falls below 6%, employers must offer 6% or re-open negotiations,” alluded Hlubi-Majola.
Numsa has called on other unions and the public at large to support the strike. The National Union of Mineworkers (Num), which also has a presence in the metals and engineering sector, says it supports the Numsa strike.
“The National Union of Mineworkers supports the demand of workers in the metal and engineering sector. This is on the basis that workers in these sectors have suffered significantly in ensuring that they are keeping the companies afloat or the industry afloat.
They have endured serious sacrifices, and therefore we say that the offer must be improved by the employer. The 4.4% is not sufficient taking into consideration the plight of the workers,” says Num’s Metal Sector Coordinator Mawonga Madolo.