The company has in turn agreed to absorb about 100 contract workers into its permanent staff complement, out of the total of 250 employees hired under labour brokerages, Numsa clarified.
Employers' New Tyre Industry Association offered wage increases that include 8,5% for the lowest paid workers, 8% across-the-board and 7,5% for those earning above the maximum grade levels.
Talks continued in the midst of divisions within the industry with some employers expressing willingness to up their offer, and others claiming that they contributed highly competitive and unequalled provident fund contributions, Numsa explained.
Almost 6 000 Numsa members in six major tyre manufacturing plants including Goodyear, Continental and Firestone in Port Elizabeth, and the Dunlop factory in Ladysmith, Durban, and Bridgestone in Brits (North West) downed tools in July to demand 10% wage increases.
Other outstanding issues also include equalisation of the provident fund contributions by employers to 10, 5% which will be finalised in the next round of wage negotiations next year, Numsa noted.
Numsa demanded, among others, the scrapping of the labour brokers in the industry, shift allowance increases of between 20% and 15% and shift allowances for night and afternoon shifts respectively.
Numsa auto and tyre national chief negotiator, Herman Ntlatleng noted that the shop stewards council held report back meetings, over the weekend, to decide on the settlement package offered by the employers in a last minute bid to find a resolution to the prolonged strike.