The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has said it will meet with its members after a labor court in Johannesburg banned its strike at ArcelorMittal.
This week, thousands of union members had to go on strike against steelmakers after warning the company in 48 hours.
Workers are demanding a 10% pay rise, housing benefits, an 80% employer’s contribution to health care, and the abandonment of a labor broker and temporary staff insurance.
The ArcelorMittal board proposed a 5% increase in all areas and also offered employees 2% of their salaries in cash on a monthly basis.
The union rejected the offer.
In a statement, Numsa spokesman Phakamile Glubi-Mayola said the union had taken note of the Labor Court’s decision to ban the strike.
“ArcelorMittal South Africa has filed a lawsuit to prevent workers from blasting furnaces, coke batteries and a metallurgical plant from participating in the strike.
“AMSA has filed a labor lawsuit on the grounds that an application to declare certain aspects of its business as“ core services ”is being considered by the CCMA’s Core Services Committee (ESC).
The ESC must decide whether to declare these aspects of AMSA’s business “core services”. This issue is still under consideration by the ESC, and a decision has not been made yet, ”Glubi-Mayola said.
Deep-Mayola said the ban does not prohibit all workers from starting a strike.
“Judge Mahosi of the Labor Court has temporarily banned the strike, but only for workers in blast furnaces, coke batteries and the metallurgical plant until a final decision is made.
“This means that only employees of these departments can not participate in the strike, but all other employees can participate.”
Deep-Mayola said most of the members of the affected branches are unaware of the ban and they will consult with them on the way forward.
“Then we will communicate with the company after consulting with our members,” Glubi-Mayola said.
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