© Reuters. ArcelorMittal plant is seen in Vanderbijlpark, an industrial city south of Johannesburg, South Africa, November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/Files
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa’s metal-workers’ union said it will launch a wage-related strike on Wednesday at ArcelorMittal (NYSE:) South Africa Ltd after talks with the management over salary hikes hit a deadlock.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) said on Monday it had provided a 48-hour strike notice, in line with labour regulations after mediation efforts failed.
NUMSA sought an across-the-board wage increase of 10%, a housing allowance, and an 80% medical aid contribution from the employer, among other demands.
Africa’s biggest steel producer, majority owned by Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal SA, has only offered 5% across the board, as well as cash incentives, the union said, adding, “We reject this proposal.”
ArcelorMittal spokesperson was not immediately available for a comment.