National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has secured an 8.5% wage increase for workers in the auto industry

8.5% Wage increase for workers in the auto industry.

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The union is pleased about getting an above-inflation increase for its members, pointed out that in the last bargaining period in 2019, the total quantum of wage increases it secured in this sector amounted to 23% for three years.

The wage agreement:

  • This wage agreement is valid from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2025.
  • Workers will receive an 8.5% increase in the first year, backdated to 1 July 2022.
  • In the second year, they will get a 7% or CPI-related increase, whichever is greater.
  • The same will happen in year three.
  • Over and above those annual increases, they will get a once-off gratuity payment of R10 000 in year one.
  • Furthermore, the union has negotiated more favourable terms for short-time workers and movements to higher salary bands.


In the meantime, the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) submitted a revised offer to NUMSA and MISA which NUMSA said they are considering and could see workers receiving increases of between 5% and 7.5% over three years.

Nothing has been confirmed regarding the RMI increase as the wage negotiations are still ongoing.


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