South Africa's auto industry to be rocked by nationwide strikes

South Africa's auto industry is set to be rocked by strikes after the country's biggest union for the manufacturing sector, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), announced plans to launch imminent nationwide industrial action.

According to reports, more than 30,000 workers are expected to down tool in the strike which is expected to hit manufacturers including Toyota and Ford.

"The national executive committee will formalize the strike notice tomorrow for the start of a national strike on Monday," Alex Mashilo, chief negotiator in the auto sector for NUMSA told Reuters on Wednesday.

Separately, about 2,150 hourly paid production workers at BMW South Africa's plant in Rosslyn have walked off the job over pay.

South Africa is Africa's largest car manufacturing country and also is a major exporter of automobiles.

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