One metals group holds off on strike deal

Johannesburg - The National Employers' Association of South Africa (Neasa) said on Monday it did not accept a wage deal that the striking Numsa union earlier announced to end a four-week stoppage in the metals and engineering industries.

“We are not happy with the deal that has been done and will lock out the striking workers from Tuesday,” Neasa spokeswoman Sya van der Walt-Potgieter told Reuters

The National Union of Metalworkers striking workers march in central Johannesburg. The union wants a 12 percent salary increase, the scrapping of labour brokers, and a one-year bargaining agreement. Photo: Simphiwe Mbokazi. Credit: Independent Newspapers

Another employer grouping, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa, had said it welcomed the end of the strike. - Reuters