* NUMSA says to discuss plans to widen strike
* Union demanding 12-15 percent annual wage increases
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JOHANNESBURG, July 15 South Africa's steel and
engineering employers group said on Tuesday it had withdrawn a
"final" wage offer made to the striking NUMSA union to end a
two-week industrial action.
The strike by 220,000 NUMSA members has affected production
at car makers such as Ford, Toyota and General
Motors because of supply chain problems related to the
"The final offer made last week - which was intended to end
the strike and to see employees back at work this week - failed
to accomplish its goal and has since been withdrawn," Kaizer
Nyatsumba, chief executive of the Steel and Engineering
Industries Federation of Southern Africa, said in a statement.
NUMSA is seeking 12-15 percent annual increases. Employers
had offered a 10 percent increase this year, 9.5 percent in 2015
and 9.0 percent the year after that.
"The employers have withdrawn their offer but they've made
an undertaking that they're going to their chamber and they'll
come back to us before the end of the week," NUMSA spokesman
Castro Ngobese said.
The NUMSA leadership was meeting on Tuesday to discuss plans
to widen the strike, he added.
The strike follows on the heels of a five-month strike in
the platinum sector that stunted economic growth and export
earnings and damaged wider investor sentiment in Africa's most
(Reporting by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo and Stella Mapenzauswa;
Editing by Ed Cropley)