STRIKE-HIT vehicle manufacturers are still waiting on a response from the 30000 automotive sector workers affiliated with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa on whether they have agreed to an increased offer from employers.
Automobile Manufacturers Employers' Organisation chairman Thapelo Molapo said the motor industry was hoping for a response by today as a further delay would result in more losses to the industry. "The fact that the unions are engaging with workers right now means they believe they have something that they might be happy with," he said.
In more talks, South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union provincial secretary Honest Sinama said negotiations with employers were still deadlocked. The union recently called for the strike among South African Airways technical staff after wage talks deadlocked.
Meanwhile Retail Motor Industry chief executive Jakkie Olivier said while there were rumours of a strike threat in the sector, mediation was ongoing.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was also in talks with its members yesterday about the possibility of a strike in the gold sector next week.
"By [today] we should know what the consensus from our members is," NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said.