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Some employers refuse NUMSA's new wage deal! Is this actually legal?

by , 29 July 2014
The NUMSA strike is over! At least for members of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA). This after the union offered their workers a 10% increase.

But here's the thing, SEIFSA only represents a small portion of employers in the metal and steal industry. Not everyone is on board with the deal.

This means there are employers who refuse to sign the agreement and will lock out striking employers starting today. If you're one such employer, read on to find out if doing this is legal...

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Can you refuse a wage agreement with a union and lock out striking workers?

 
According to MoneyWeb.co.za, the National Employers' Association of South Africa (NEASA) refuses to sign this deal.
 
NEASA says they can only afford an 8% increase deal and have refused the 10%. They also say that they're going to lock striking employees out starting today.
 
The question is now, do you have the right to do this?
 

The rights of employers when it comes to accepting wages deals

 
The good news is you don't have to accept a wage deal just because another employers' union has agreed to it.
 
Just like NEASA, you can go to the labour court and state your case about your company's inability to afford the proposed deal.
 
Until you reach an agreement with the labour courts, your employees will remain on strike. This gives you the right to lock them out of your premises. 
 
So now you know your employer rights if you don't agree with a union's wage deal, you can take the right steps to stand up for your company. 
 


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