The wage deadlock between manufacturers and the unions representing motor manufacture industry workers may be relieved as wage talks resume on Wednesday.

The wage deadlock between manufacturers and the unions representing motor manufacture industry workers may be relieved as wage talks resume on Wednesday.

The parties involved are to meet on Wednesday to hopefully conclude the dealings that will determine the salaries of more than 20 000 workers in the sector.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) on Monday indicated that progress had been made in talks with the Automobile Manufacturers Employers’ Organisation (Ameo) and that the parties were on the verge of “wrapping up all the wage and non-wage issues”.

However, Dumisa Ntuli, Numsa’s national spokesman, said no agreement has yet been reached and the wage proposals would remain embargoed until Wednesday.

Dave Kirby, an Ameo spokesperson, said: "The process is alive and it looks as if there is only a small step to go."

Following a weekend meeting between Ameo and Numsa to discuss a new three-year wage agreement, .Ameo offered a wage increase of 6,5 per cent across the board in the first year while Numsa revised its demand from nine per cent to 8,5 per cent.