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S. African Steel Workers, Employers to Meet Members Over Strike

July 13, 2011

July 13 (Bloomberg) -- Striking South African steel workers and the industry’s employer body said they will meet separately today with their members before talks over a wage dispute continue.

“We will be meeting today to discuss proposals among our members,” Karl Cloete, the deputy general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, known as Numsa, said in a telephone interview from Johannesburg. Cloete said the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation, or SEIFSA, had raised its offer of a 7 percent pay rise, without providing further details.

SEIFSA yesterday denied it had increased its offer.

The employers’ federation will meet today to discuss the strike, which began July 4, it said on its website.

--Editors: Vernon Wessels, Shanthy Nambiar

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Latham in Harare, Zimbabwe at blatham@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.


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