‘Peace clause’ rejected by Bay Numsa

STRUGGLE CONTINUES: Hundreds of Numsa-affiliated workers gather to hear feedback from union leaders at Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton yesterday. Picture: MIKE HOLMES
STRUGGLE CONTINUES: Hundreds of Numsa-affiliated workers gather to hear feedback from union leaders at Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton yesterday. Picture: MIKE HOLMES

STRIKING Numsa members in Nelson Mandela Bay are willing to accept an offer that would effectively end the costly four-week long strike.

But they are unhappy with the “peace clause” that forbids them from going back to the negotiating table at plant level for the next three years.

While the engineering and metal sector workers in the Bay are happy with the 10% wage increase offer over three years, they have refused to accept a Section 37 clause that forbids them from negotiating for fringe benefits with their employers.

The workers’ position might result in the strike continuing indefinitely after employer body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) accepted the deal that was brokered by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Tuesday, but on condition that Section 37 be included in it.

Seifsa has also given the union until today to respond to the offer. – Mkhululi Ndamase

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