Johannesburg - A nearly month-long strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in the metal and engineering strike will come to an end following the union agreeing to the latest wage offer from employers.
The three-year wage deal will see workers earning increases of between eight and 10% in the first year, 7.5% and 10% in the second year, and seven and 10% in the third year.
Numsa is happy with the deal as it had initially wanted its lowest-paid members to earn a double digit increase
“We are pleased to inform the public and the country at large that the latest offer is a product of a sweet and bitter struggle by our toiling workers for a living wage,” Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim told reporters in Johannesburg on Monday.
The deal also includes the appointment of labour broker compliance officers who will act on complaints of abuse and non-compliance.
Parties will also be discouraged to use temporary employment services in the industry.
“We urge all our members to report for work as from tomorrow (Tuesday) and we call on employers to allow workers who might not have received this message too report for duty by Thursday,” Jim said.
The industrial action by 220 000 Numsa members cost the country R300-million according to employers.