The eight days it took National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) bosses to finally agree on the employers’ final offer of a 6% wage increase cost metalworkers R100m in lost wages, taking their losses to about R300m during the three-week strike, which cost the metals and engineering sector R600m.

In a media briefing on Thursday, however, Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said workers "will bounce back, there is no doubt about it"...

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