ArcelorMittal says it has tabled two alternative final wage offers to striking workers
VANDERBIJLPARK - ArcelorMittal South Africa says it has tabled two alternative final wage offers to workers striking at its plants, including the one in Vanderbijlpark. Spokesperson, Tammy Didiza, said this has been tabled subject to certain conditions, for union consideration on Friday, 20 May 2022. It includes a 6% increase on all remuneration elements, including allowances, standby and medical aid, plus a R5,000 once off ex-gratia payment; or a 6.5% increase on all remuneration elements, including allowances, standby and medical aid, without any cash payment. However, Didiza said both Numsa and Solidarity have indicated they would not move from their previous demands of a 7% increase with a R5,000 once-off cash payment. ArcelorMittal South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer Kobus Verster said they believe the offers they have tabled in an effort to put an end to the wage dispute are fair and more than competitive when compared to recent agreements in similar sectors. Verster said the current strike action is unfortunate and not in the best interest of any stakeholders or the business.