Johannesburg - Three sessions of negotiations between South Africa’s vehicle manufacturers and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have failed to achieve agreement on any of the union’s demands.
Stephen Nhlapo, Nums’s chief negotiator, confirmed on Friday that the union had not yet concluded any agreements at the National Bargaining Forum on any issues with the Automobile Manufacturers Employers Organisation (Ameo).
“We are still far apart. There are movements somewhere. The employers have asked to go back to their principals to get a (fresh) mandate and we have agreed to have a last (negotiation) meeting in the coming weeks,” he said.
Numsa’s demands include a one-year rather than a three-year agreement, a 20 percent wage increase, R5000-a-month housing allowance and medical aid benefits to be paid on the basis of 80 percent by employers and 20 percent by employees. Nhlapo confirmed that the previous three-year agreement with Ameo had expired at the end of June.
Johann Evertse, the chairman of Ameo, declined to comment last week on the status of the negotiations, stressing that Ameo was not prepared to negotiate through the media.