Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim File photo: Steve Lawrence

Johannebsurg - Metalworkers' union Numsa will strike next month to demand jobs for the youth, it said on Monday.

“This is the first of a series of rolling socio-economic strikes that the union decided on at its special national congress in December 2013,” spokesman Castro Ngobese said in a statement.

National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) president Andrew Chirwa signed the notice for a strike, to take place on March 19.

Numsa had originally applied to march on Wednesday, the same day Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan would present his budget to Parliament.

“Realising that the proposed strike was to coincide with... (the) budget speech, government’s representative did everything in their power to stall so that the union does not meet the 14-day notice period required by Nedlac protocols,” Ngobese said.

“Government’s bureaucrats and ministers realised that a national strike on budget day had the potential to blow away the ideological fog of 'we have a good story to tell'.”

A demonstration would be held outside Parliament on Wednesday, he said.