The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is set to meet with automobile bosses on Thursday to try and find a way to end an ongoing strike.
“The intentions of Thursday’s negotiations is to find a possible and lasting settlement on the ongoing strike action in the automobile sector,” Numsa spokesperson Castro Ngobese said in a statement on Wednesday evening.
The strike which started on Monday has crippled the sector and halted production. About 31 000 Numsa-aligned workers downed tools on Monday after pay talks deadlocked last month.
The workers demanded a 14% across-the-board wage increase. They also wanted a R750 monthly housing subsidy and R125 weekly transport allowance.
Ngobese said that on Friday general meetings would be convened by the union’s shop stewards and leaders in all the major seven plants in Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, East London, Uitenhage and Durban to give feedback to members.
“These general meetings will allow our members through a democratic and transparent process to engage with the report and outcomes based on our discussions and negotiations that would have taken place with the employers,” he said.
Ngobese added that Thursday’s meeting with the employer did not mean the strike action would be suspended.
“The strike action is still continuing until the automobile ruling oligarchy accedes to workers’ demands. Our members will continue holding pickets or demonstrations outside their respective plants,” he said.
The planned marches for next week in Gauteng and East Cape were set to continue as planned.