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South Africa Metalworkers’ Strike Continues Today, Cloete Says

July 05, 2011

July 5 (Bloomberg) -- A strike by members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa that started yesterday will continue indefinitely, Deputy Secretary General Karl Cloete said.

No meetings between unions and employers have been scheduled so far today, Cloete said by phone. Workers will hold a march in Welkom in the Free State province at 10 a.m., he said.

The union representing workers in the country’s steel and engineering industries is seeking a wage increase of 13 percent, while the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa, which represents employers, is offering 7 percent, the labor organization said yesterday.

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