South Africa: strike day four, talks reopen image

The autoworkers for the carmakers in South Africa will continue their strike for the fourth consecutive day, while representatives of the employers will reopen today the talks with the union leaders.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said in a statement today they received a request from the automakers to resume negotiations, but the walkout will continue while talks take place and Numsa will discuss the outcome with workers on Aug. 23, it said.

“The strike continues,” Casto Ngobese, national spokesman for Numsa, said today. “The union will be meeting with company representatives this afternoon to resume negotiations. That offer will be taken to members tomorrow.”

“We are looking for progress” at the meeting between the industry and the union, Naamsa (National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa) spokesman Thapelo Molapo said yesterday. He declined to comment on what the carmakers would offer to end the strike.

About 30,000 workers are striking at the country’s seven main carmakers and two medium- and heavy-vehicle assemblers in Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London, according to the union. The boycott is costing the automotive industry as much as 700 million rand ($68.4 million) per day according to Naamsa.

Via Bloomberg