BIG WAGE WORRIES
How Numsa's war over minimum wage could lead to another strike
Numsa declares war on firms that want to bargain down pay to the national minimum that is to be introduced next year
The breakdown in wage negotiations in the metals and engineering sector between some employer associations and trade unions suggests that SA could be in for a bumpy ride once the new national minimum wage comes into effect next year.
Having shed 140,000 jobs in the past 10 years, employers in the sector adopted a radical new approach in this year’s wage negotiations in an effort to take back control of the wage bill.