S. Africa's metal workers to strike Tuesday for pay rise

Nearly 220,000 workers are expected to join the strike.

S. Africa's metal workers to strike Tuesday for pay rise

World Bulletin / News Desk

South Africa's biggest metal workers trade union has threatened a nationwide strike on Tuesday to demand a pay rise.

"This strike has been imposed on us by the employers after they had refused to heed our demands," Castro Ngobese, spokesman for the National Union of Metalworkers of South Sudan (NUMSA), told Anadolu Agency on Monday.

He said that the strike was called after the failure of several rounds of negotiations with employers.

Ngobese said more than 220,000 NUMSA members will go on strike at 10am local time on Tuesday until their demands for a 12 percent pay rise and a ban on labor brokers are met.

NUMSA also wants employers to pay housing allowances of no less than R1000 (roughly $95) to each employee in the industry.

Asked how long the strike will continue, Ngobese said: "It will depend on the employers. It was not our plan to strike."

Last week, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) ended a five-month-long strike which had cost platinum companies R23.9 billion in revenue and R10.6 billion in workers' wages.

Economists say labor strikes have huge impact on South Africa's economy. 

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