Friday, 08 October 2021

Largest SME Employers’ Organisation for the Metals Industry disputes NUMSA claims

Written by
Johann Preiss | Consolidated Employers Organisation (CEO SA)

CEO SA Survey finds that SMEs in Metals Industry have already started raising wages to help employees.

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA), the country’s largest metal workers trade union, began strike action recently following a deadlock in wage negotiations at the Metals and Engineering Industry Bargaining Council (MEIBC). 

In response to the strike as well as statements made by NUMSA, Johann Preiss the National Collective Bargaining Co-ordinator for the Consolidated Employers Organisation (CEO SA) pointed to a recent survey that the organisation ran with their members. “Information from the survey shows that most of our members have already - as early as 01 August this year - increased wages within the range of 3% to 7%. These wages are practically regulated with the principles of skill retention and market related salaries.” Preiss believes CEO SA’s members, mostly SMMEs are responsible employers towards their employees. “Employers just can’t afford anything more. By conceding to what NUMSA proposes, would be irresponsible for the industry, employers and employees alike, as it is unsustainable and would create more job losses. 

In addition, Preiss said that Irvin Jim’s claim that industry employees are paid the national minimum wage is far from the truth. “This is pure propaganda used to fuel a strike in an ever-retracting industry that can ill afford it. 

Contacts: Johann Preiss | National Collective Bargaining Co-ordinator at the Consolidated Employers Organisation

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