The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) representing a membership of more than 80 000 cheaply exploited workers in the automotive retail and repairs sectors such as garages, components manufacturers, truck body & trailer builders, panel beaters, spares shops, car and parts dealership and fitment workshops, has been engaged in protracted wage negotiations with the intransigent employer bodies, the Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) and the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), respectively, under the auspices of the Motor Industry Bargaining Council (MIBCO) .
The Motor sector negotiations are set to for mediation on Friday 19 July 2013 until 20 Saturday July 2013. The Parties have agreed that Mediation must be facilitated by an independent mediator Mr Brian Curin.
The first phases of the wage negotiations began on the week of May 28-30, 2013, and the second phase of the negotiations were held June 11-13, 2013. It was during last phase of negotiations that a deadlock was declared by Numsa. The FRA and RMI have rejected all the demands presented by Numsa, as per mandate of our members.
“We are not surprised that our demands were totally rejected by both FRA and RMI bosses. We are dealing here with greedy scavengers that are not prepared to transform and redistribute wealth at the point of production, they are only interested in maintaining and perpetuating old apartheid poverty wages, whilst at the same exploiting workers to improve their profits margins”, says Numsa National Motor Sector Coordinator Elias Kubeka
“It’s clear that employers don’t want to bargain, but they are pushing us for a strike action. But it’s going to be workers that must make that determination, and not us as Union’s officials”, says Kubeka
Our dispute with FRA and RMI will be heard this weekend through a Mediation process. We are hopeful that this process might force the employer to rethink and abandon their misguided strategy, and start negotiating in good faith. On our part, we will be holding feedback meetings across the country as part of reporting back to our members. This process will also inform and guide the next course of action the union might pursue to force the employer to accede to our demands.
These are our demands; (1) Demand R3.00 p/h increase across the board on actual; (2) Or demand R30 p/h increase on actual rates of pay across the board in all sectors and divisions for all workers earning above R6000-00 pm by 2016; (3) Demand removal of area differentials and Discriminatory clause; (4) Night shift allowance of 20% of normal rate of pay; (5) Afternoon shift allowance of 15 % of normal rate of pay.
Motor National Sector Coordinator