South Africa's metal workers, employers 'not far' from wage deal: union official

JOHANNESBURG Fri Jul 4, 2014 6:33am EDT

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Striking engineering and metal workers and employers are "not very far from each other" on a wage deal to end a four-day walkout, the General Secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) said on Friday.

Irvin Jim told Reuters that issues around the youth wage subsidy and the removal of labor brokers were key to a settlement to end the strike.

(Reporting by Joe Brock; Writing by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; editing by David Dolan)

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