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The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is threatening to take its members in the engineering sector out on strike over a wage dispute unless employers make an acceptable offer. "Once we have satisfied that we have done everything, we might be left with no option but to issue the 48-hour notice for a legal protected strike," the union’s general secretary Irvin Jim said in a statement on Tuesday. Negotiations deadlocked on June 15 and a dispute was declared as Numsa believed the employers’ offer would result in a deterioration in the living and working conditions of its members. After four dispute meetings, no agreement was reached. If a strike did take place, it would affect foundries as well as the electronics and telecommunications, and plastic and fabrication industries. Also affected would be the automotive components sector as well as gate and fence, and construction and engineering companies. "If the strike commences, ongoing work at Medupi, Kusile and Ingqurha will b...

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