Solidarity concludes wage deal in tyre industry

2010-10-01 09:22

Trade union Solidarity has concluded what it termed “a favourable wage agreement” with the tyre industry.

In a statement today, the union said after a strike of almost four weeks, a deal was reached with the largest manufacturers of tyres in the country, including Continental, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Goodyear.

Deputy general secretary of Solidarity, Gideon du Plessis, said: “A three-year agreement was negotiated for Solidarity members and according to the agreement, this year’s increase is 9% and the wage increase for the following two years will be 7.5% or a percentage equal to the consumer price index (CPI), depending on which is higher.”

An important element of the settlement was employees on the minimum salary scales would move to the maximum scales over a period of three years.

“The strike was a matter of principle and employees felt that it was the only and last alternative to rectify salary scales in particular.”

Du Plessis said throughout the process, Solidarity had bargained with the full mandate of its members and it was able to reach “a fair wage increase agreement in a peaceful manner”.

In addition, better overtime pay, weekend pay and standby allowances were negotiated while many other labour issues such as medical aid were referred to another committee.

The wage agreement would be implemented retrospectively from July 1 2010.

Du Plessis said the union represented around 1 000 members in the bargaining council for the New Tyre Manufacturing Industry.

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