SA autoworkers to discuss pay demand amid strike

South African autoworkers will meet on Thursday to discuss revising pay demands. The central committee of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is due to meet, its spokesperson Castro Ngobese said.

Vehicle manufacturing, accounting for about 7% of South Africa’s gross domestic product, has been at a standstill since August 19 after about 30 000 workers downed tools to demand pay increases of more than double the inflation rate of 6.3%. Car manufacturers including General Motors, Toyota, BMW and Volkswagen collectively proposed a new offer on August 22 to raise pay by 10% over three years.


“What has been offered isn’t even close to addressing apartheid wage disparities,” Ngobese said.


Workers in the construction and aviation industries are already on strike over pay, while unions in the gold-mining industry may begin stoppages next week if a wage settlement isn’t reached.


About 72 000 motor-industry employees may go on strike on September 2 after a breakdown in wage talks between Numsa and companies represented by the Fuel Retailers Association and Retail Motor Industry Organisation.


About 600 technical staff at the state-owned airline, SAA, remain on strike, Vincent Masoga, a spokesperson for the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, said. The union is meeting with SAA management on Thursday, he said. – Bloomberg

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Related stories


Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Latest stories

OPINION| New UK work visa to exclude graduates from Africa

If graduates did not get their qualifications from the list of top 50 universities, 40 of which are in the US, France, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, Canada and Japan, they will be excluded

Hackers infiltrate SA illicit financial flows conference with porn clip

The conference was attended by state agencies, blue- chip global and local non-governmental agencies and public accountability experts

OPINION| South African audiences want more authentic and accurate diversity...

The media has the power to shape perceptions, so television shows and movies can help shape a positive view of people who feel stereotyped

Interdict threat over new Tendele coal mine in KwaZulu-Natal

Tendele Coal plans to open a new mine despite a court ruling that the licence was unlawfully granted

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…