Pretoria - The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) will demand a double-digit wage increase, deputy general secretary Karl Cloete said on Wednesday.

“They (the demands) are developed against the backdrop of high cost of living and the heavy socio-economic burden imposed on our members.”

He was speaking on the last day of Numsa's bargaining conference in Pretoria.

He said the figures would be disclosed once union members had been informed.

“We are not going to disclose the figure. The media will splash them all over...”

The union would demand a double-digit increase inclusive of CPI (consumer price index) over a year. It would also demand paid time off for shop stewards and free solar geysers for Eskom employees. - Sapa