About 216 000 members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA are expected to join Cosatu's national strike in protest against job losses in the mining, retail and clothing sectors on Monday.

About 216 000 members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA are expected to join Cosatu's national strike in protest against job losses in the mining, retail and clothing sectors on Monday.

However, executive director of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa, Nico Vermeulen, told that most manufacturers were pursuing plans with the unions to recover lost production. In Johannesburg, the strike will be co-ordinated by Cosatu's biggest affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers, the report said.


Dumisa Ntuli, a Numsa spokesperson, said yesterday that workers in all sectors of the economy had decided to embark on the strike and Numsa had joined the Cosatu-led action due to the deadlock in wage negotiations in the steel industry.


Mduduzi Mbongwe, the deputy general secretary of the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers' Union, said indications were that its entire 130 000 membership would support the mass action.


The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union said it also had the support of its 107 000 members for the strike, the report added.

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