A two week-old strike by South Africa’s metal workers is beginning to take its toll on manufacturing.
Japanese car maker Toyota will halt production at its Durban assembly plant from Tuesday as the supply of components dries up.
Ford and General Motors have already suspended some operations.
Workers in the engineering and steel industries have been calling for pay rises of up to 15%, which employers say they cannot afford.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has rejected the latest offer by the employers’ organisation to raise pay by 10% this year, 9.5% in 2015 and 9% the following year. Union leaders plan to meet on Tuesday to discuss intensifying the strike action.
The strike is targeted at the steel and engineering sector, which makes products for industries such as mines, automotives and telecoms.
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