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NUM serves strike notice

At work on Gautrain
– one of the projects
threatened by a
possible strike
 
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 03 July 2009 – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has announced that about 50 000 workers in the construction industry will go on strike next Wednesday, in the wake of the collapse of wage talks.

NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the union did not accept the offer by the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) for a 10% wage increase. “We wanted 13%,” he said.

The NUM has already been issued with a certificate of non-resolution by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

Safcec represents major construction companies – such as Murray and Roberts, WBHO, Grinaker-LTA and Group Five – all involved in the building of World Cup stadia, the construction of the Gautrain and uShaka Airport in KwaZulu-Natal.
 
Commenting on the proposed strike, Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe said NUM had surpassed the provisions of a previous negotiated labour agreement.

“At the moment, we [Gautrain] can’t say anything [about the strike]. Down the line we’ll see what comes out of that, and we’ll see if the negotiations can sort it out,” he added.

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