NUMSA accuses RMI of implementing the brick increase by refusing to meet to approve the agreement at the Motor Industry Bargaining Council (MIBCO). Anderson Mduduzi, NUMSA`s national organizer for the automotive sector, told Peoples Dispatch that the agreement can only be reviewed after it is sent to the Ministry of Labour and Labour after the Minister confirmed that the “Negotiation Council has formally approved the transaction agreement.” The Solidarity union says a new wage offer has been presented to employers. “The RMI finally put Numsa on terms to sign the agreement to avoid further delays,” Schoeman said. The three-year collective agreement signed by the unions and the steel and engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) at the Metals and Engineering Industry Bargaining Council expired on June 30, but was extended until June 30, 2021. As a result of the wage negotiations, NUMSA and RMI signed a transaction agreement in January 2020 for an 8% pay increase. However, most workers do not yet need to carry out this migration, which was due to come into force from September 2020. The National Association of Employers of the Head of SA, Gerhard Papenfus, said in a statement on Tuesday: “The stoppage of wages at this stage will do no good to help Seifsa`s employers, who are again bound by this agreement.” He called the agreement “destructive, unaffordable and anti-competitive.” Numsa and Neasa were unable to agree on planned reductions in entry-level wages. “We are more than in favour of this agreement because we have been able to keep the conditions of employment intact,” he said. But, NUMSA statement said that the “RMI refuses to meet to ratify the wage agreement. and this delays the process of confirming the agreement, which inevitably means that workers cannot get their 8% increase. 2020 has been a nightmare for most businesses. As a national disaster state was announced just days before a national blockade was put in place, employers had to work to take steps to protect workers who had an impact on their annual leave balance sheets. At the same time, many companies have suffered terrible financial losses as a result of the blockage, and the prospect of a period without income and a huge payroll in December is incredibly frightening.
The three-year employment contract signed in 2017 provided that employees received a minimum wage of R9.56 per hour, well above the legal minimum wage of R20.76 per hour. The union said the 8% wage agreement signed last January had not been ratified because the RMI had deliberately tried to thwart the work of the Automotive Industry Council (Mibco). Schoeman said Numsa`s statement that thousands of workers had not yet secured the 8% increase, guaranteed in the last round of wage negotiations, was partly true. The impact on our members was really bad. This wage agreement was signed last year in January, we were unable to correct the agreement, and part of the process before the government and the Ministry of Labour could review the agreement. The hot topic for our members is the tendency to obstruct the RMI in the Automotive Industry Council. At the moment, workers have not been able to get an 8% pay increase, which is theirs, which is why they are now outside in all the provinces protesting in all the offices of the RMI. Employers in the metallurgical and mechanical engineering sectors have been given a respite after reaching an agreement on a wage freeze until 2021 under Covid-19. Numsa spokesman Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said on Tuesday evening that Seifsa`s proposal to postpone wage negotiations until 2020 and extend the terms of the current collective agreement until June 30, 2021 had been accepted.