The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)
said the auto manufacturers had put forward a 10% pay increase.
“They have tabled a new offer of 10%,” said the
union’s national treasurer Mphumzi Maqungo.
The union will only reveal on Monday whether all its members
want to call off the strike but said the revised offer had been received
favourably at several plants.
In Port Elizabeth,
fifth largest city and referred to as the “Detroit of Africa”,
workers accepted the new offer following a lengthy meeting.
General Motors workers were “happy with the new wage
percentage increase, but they still have other demands,” said Maqungo.
At Ford Motors SA’s Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth, workers also accepted the
offer, but said they would discuss other demands on Monday.
“We have achieved what we wanted — a double digit wage
increase,” said Ford Numsa workers’ committee chairman Andile Mtulu.
Elsewhere in the country, Maqungo said workers at Nissan
Diesel and at Mercedes Benz had so far accepted the new offer.
About 30 000 workers from seven car manufacturing
plants downed tools on Monday demanding a 14% wage increase. The strike was
costing companies about $60 million a day.
The Automobile Manufacturers Employers Organisation has not
revealed the amount of the revised offer, but has described it as unprecedented
in the industry.