EASTERN Cape National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has cancelled plans to march in East London today, following a late wage increase offer last night.
The strike has entered its fourth week with manufacturers in the Eastern Cape reporting very little production as the supply of components dries up.
Numsa regional secretary Phumzile Nodongwe said they would meet with their members today to decide whether to accept or decline the offer. "Unfortunately, I cannot divulge the details of the offer until we take it back to the workers."
Ford Motor Company of SA spokeswoman Alisea Chetty said the company would still produce at their Struandale Engine Plant today but that production would come to a halt for the rest of the week.
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) in East London still had production on their commercial vehicle assembly line, but none on the passenger car lines since the second week in September, according to MBSA spokeswoman Jeanette Clark.
Volkswagen Group of South Africa and General Motors South Africa last week completely halted production in Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth.
GMSA spokeswoman Denise van Huyssteen said the ongoing disruption would have a severe effect on the company's sales and export programmes.
Before the strike in the component and retail industry, Numsa workers at the vehicle manufacturers went on strike for three weeks. This also affected workers in the component industry, who were placed on short-time.
Feeling the brunt of the strike, Numsa workers said despite not receiving an income for weeks, they were committed to the strike. Venture Global Operations chief executive Mark Walker said workers in the components industry had effectively been without a salary for close to three months because of the various Numsa strikes.
"Over this time period, we have experienced R50-million in profit losses, he said."
Retail Motor Industry Organisation chief executive Jakkie Olivier said: "Our final offer in the components industry is 10% this year, 8% next year and in 2015. In other industries, our final offer is 9% this year, 8% next year and in 2015."