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The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has applied for a strike certificate after wage talks with employers broke down.The union said it would hear on July 15 whether it had been granted permission to down tools. Numsa is demanding a 15% wage increase‚ while employers are offering an increase based on the minimum wage rate, the union says.Other demands include a two-year agreement‚ as well as extending the agreement to nonparties."We warned the ANC that the national minimum wage they had proposed would have disastrous consequences‚ but they arrogantly ignored us," Numsa said. "Now their proposal is causing chaos in the engineering sector by ensuring that workers who fought to earn more‚ now risk being downgraded to this pathetic poverty wage of R20 an hour."At the end of the day the ANC will always fight to protect big business and white monopoly capital at the expense of workers and their families."Employers are lying when they say that those who earn more will not get do...

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