SABC News - Numsa members vow to continue with strike:Monday 19 August 2013

Numsa members vow to continue with strike

Monday 19 August 2013 15:34


Numsa members are demanding a 10% increase. (Motors mega website.)

Dozens of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members at the Mercedes Benz plant in East London have vowed to continue with the strike action until the employer puts a decent offer on the table.

They union members have been chanting outside their Eastern Cape workplace.

Some workers were also carrying placards demanding the re-instatement of the suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Deputy chairperson of the shop stewards' committee at the plant, Phumlani Ndamane says they want at least 10% increase. "Our principle position is that we will settle for a double digit percentage. Then employers will also consider other priority issues, such as housing allowance, shift allowance, transport allowance and the medical aid."

The strike has brought the country's auto-making industry to a standstill.

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