Numsa and ArcelorMittal reach a wage agreement over inflation

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has signed an increase in inflation for all workers at the steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa.

On May 11, factory workers across the country had torn down their tools, demanding higher wages and better conditions.

Numsa officials met with ArcelorMittal executives to discuss a revised offer from the steelmaker.

Workers agreed on a 6.5% increase across the board.

“The increase means that the allowances will also increase by 6.5%. The workers will also receive a one-time cash payment of R5000, “the union said in a statement.

The agreement enters into force on April 1, 2022 and expires on March 31, 2023.

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The surcharge will be backdated to April 1st and payable on the normal payment date of June 2022.

Benefits will also be backdated and paid in June.

The parties agreed to investigate other incentives for an employee incentive action program, including ESOP and the KPI / Gainshare bonus.

“This agreement is a victory for all Numsa members who have made the ultimate sacrifice to fight for better wages and conditions. They did it not only for themselves, but also for future generations of workers, ”Numsa said.

The increase comes after tense negotiations and legal action by the company.

ArcelorMittal accused Numsa of failing to face numerous acts of violence and intimidation against its workers who did not strike.

The company also refused to accept a memorandum from protesters who marched to its offices in Vanderbijlpark on Tuesday.

Both Numsa and Solidarity had originally requested a 7% raise with a one-time cash payment of R5,000.

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