NUMSA Strike Update

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The strike commenced on the 5th October 2021 nationwide in the Engineering Sector with a march to Metal Industries House in the CBD, with marches also expected in the Cape and KZN.

The strikes follow failed wage negotiations amongst other demands. NUMSA has called for their members to participate across South Africa on an indefinite basis until their demands have been met.

Anybody that falls under the scope of the MEIBC is lawfully allowed to join the strike.

If the picketing rules are broken or breached please contact NUMSA’S Conveners/Marshalls so they can fix it, if they do not then the matter can be referred to the CCMA as breach of picketing rules where the process will be followed. While waiting for a set-down date an urgent interdict can be obtained at he Labour Court.

The following picketing rules are important to note:


5.1 Where the circumstances permit, the picketers may not come closer than 8 meters from the employer’s entrance and/or exit gates. Where municipal or national roads run past the employer’s premises, picketers may not within 1 (one) meter of the curb of each road.

5.2 Where the unique location of an employer’s business premises do not lend itself for compliance with (a) above, which may be as a result of, interalia, that there is an unreasonably small area to picket, or where such picket may occur in front of other companies’ premises, the parties may enter into site-specific agreements, or a party may apply to the CCMA Commissioner who determined these Rules for site-specific Picketing Rules.

5.3 A picket may with the permission of the employer, take place inside the employer’s premises


6.1 The picket may only commence at or after the commencement of the strike or lockout.

6.2 The picket may only take place during daylight hours, particularly taking the DMA and Covid-19 level 1 Lockdown Regulations into consideration.

6.3 In the event the employer works night shift, or the picket is rendered ineffective because the employer has arranged for its suppliers, customers, and clients to enter the premises at night. Accordingly, all parties to be mindful of the DMA and Covid-19 level 1 Lockdown Regulations.

It must be a peaceful and lawful demonstration.

The complete picketing rules set out by the ccma can be downloaded at the following link: PICKETING RULES

Download a template of a Company Lock out Letter here:


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