JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said on Tuesday that they were preparing to meet with auto employers for the second round of wage talks after an agreement couldn't be met at their previous meeting.
"The wage agreement in the sector has lapsed and we need to negotiate new terms and conditions. Last week we met employers for two days for the first round of wage talks. Unfortunately, we are still very far from finding each other. We submitted a detailed list of 19 demands which is based on the needs of our members to improve their wages and conditions," said Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola.
The union said in a statement that employers had not engaged meaningfully with the demands that they had brought forward.
"They also failed to engage on the demand for the implementation of an industry medical aid, and for workers who are at Level 4 to be moved to level 5. These are issues which are crucial to our members and unfortunately employers failed to table proposals to take the talks forward," Hlubi-Majola said.
"Furthermore, they have described the totality of our demands as a demand for a 45 percent increase. To us this demonstrates their narrow mindedness and their unwillingness to engage with each item we have listed in our demands."