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Union: South Africa Engineering Strike to Begin July 1

More than 220,000 members of South Africa's NUMSA engineering and metalworkers union will down tools on July 1 after last-ditch wage talks to avert a strike failed, its leaders said on Sunday. Irvin Jim, secretary-general of South Africa's largest union, said NUMSA members would also picket the headquarters of state power utility Eskom on July 2 as part of a push for a wage increase of 12 percent, nearly twice the current inflation rate. Eskom, which produces nearly all the...

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