Metal Workers Union in South Africa to Embark on Strike Over Wages

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.

ArcelorMittal plant is seen in Vanderbijlpark, an industrial city south of Johannesburg, South Africa

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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