Earlier this month, Numsa members embarked on a strike demanding an 8% salary hike, while rejecting the previous wage offer by employer federations, including the Steel and Engineering Industry Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) and the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa).
During a media briefing on Thursday, Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said they had decided to accept the 6% wage increase they were offered, bringing the strike in the metals and engineering sector to an end.
Numsa said its decision to accept the 6% wage increase was in the interest of workers. The agreement will benefit all workers in the metals and engineering sector, Jim said. “Numsa will not rest until all workers receive this increase so that they can have a living wage,” he added.
Irvin Jim called the acceptance a “compromise” adding that the 6% wage increase is not just for Numsa-affiliated workers but every worker in the engineering sector.
The agreement was signed on Thursday afternoon and will be implemented with immediate effect, said Jim. Workers will receive back pay to 1 July 2021.
The federation said in a statement that it was “immensely pleased that the strike is finally over”.
“It is now incumbent on all stakeholders in the metals and engineering sector to work collectively to rebuild and grow the sector. The sector has a very important role to play in the delivery of the Government’s ambitious economic recovery programme over the next few years, and that can happen. Workers are to return to work from Friday. The latest day to return to work being Monday, 25 October.