South Africa’s metal workers union said it will launch a wage-related strike on Wednesday at ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (ACLJ.J) after talks with the management over salary hikes hit a deadlock.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) said on Monday it had provided a 48-hour strike notice, in line with labour regulations after mediation efforts failed.
The Metal Workers Union sought an across-the-board wage increase of 10%, a housing allowance, and an 80% medical aid contribution from the employer, among other demands.
Africa’s biggest steel producer, majority owned by Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal SA (MT.LU), has only offered 5% across the board, as well as cash incentives, the union said, adding, “We reject this proposal.”
ArcelorMittal spokesperson was not immediately available for a comment.
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