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Govt won’t intervene in Neasa lock-out

The Labour Department says it is not going to intervene in the lock-out of workers by the National Employers’ Association of South Africa’s (Neasa’s) members.

The department says Neasa are well within their rights to lock out workers, despite a 10% wage increase agreement earlier this week to end the month long strike in the sector.

They say the lockout can only end when the Minister of Labour is asked to extend the agreement.

Meanwhile, the employer body is adamant that the decision by its members to engage in a lock-out of workers that participated in the recent Metal Industry strike, will stand despite threats from both the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa and the Congress of South African Trade Union.

Speaking on AM Live, Acting Director-General for Labour Market Relations at the department, Thembinkosi Mkaliphi says there is nothing they can do, but they are hoping the lock-out will end soon.

Source – SABC News