LE CAP, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - The largest union of engineers in AfSouth rica has rejected a new wage offer due to a strike that has already hit carmaker BMW (BMWG.DE) enters its second week, employer SEIFSA said Thursday.
The National Union of Steelworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), which has around 155,000 members in the sector, has been on strike since October 5, demanding wage increases, action which could affect the supply of spare parts for new cars and accessories.
Luxury car maker BMW announced on Monday that it had lost production of around 700 vehicles in its main assembly plant in South Africa when several suppliers were affected. learn moremore
Lucio Trentini, Director General of the Federation of Steel and Engineering Industries of Southern Africa ( SEIFSA), said the two sides failed to come to an agreement following talks with union officials on Wednesday evening.
" We will regroup this morning and chart the way forward. The revised and improved offer has been rejected, ”he said of a new proposal that NUMSA sent to his members last week. learn more
NUMSA was scheduled to hold a press briefing at 2:00 p.m. GMT, a union spokeswoman said. A smaller union, the Metal and Electrical Workers Union of South Africa (MEWUSA), told Hfrance.fr that its 16,000 industry members have also joined the picket lines.ge.
Protected strike launched after wage negotiations stalled and arbitration failed with NUMSA demanding raise overall wages of 8% during the first year, and inflation n plus 2% for the second and third years.
SEIFSA had offered 4.4% for 2021, inflation plus 0.5% in 2022 and inflation plus 1% in the third year.
"It is unfortunate that an agreement has not yet been reached and we expect more OEM assembly lines to be impacted if the strike continues into next week, due to a lack of production in parts of the supply chain, "said Renai Moothilal, executive director of the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM).
A spokesperson for VWSA (VOWG_p.DE> said there was no impact on production, while BMW said it "constantly monitors " the situation for any changes. Report by Wendell Roelf Edited by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Frances Kerry
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