Striking cleaners gather in Joburg

2011-08-12 11:25

Johannesburg - Striking contract cleaning sector workers will gather in Johannesburg on Friday, to be briefed about an ongoing wage dispute with management, the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) said.

Workers would gather at Beyers Naude Square from 10:00, Satawu provincial secretary Chris Nkosi said.

"It will just be a briefing to inform them on what's happening with the strike."

The number of workers expected to gather was not known, but Johannesburg Metro Police spokesperson Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said police would monitor the situation.

Satawu workers went on strike on Monday with their colleagues from the National Security and Unqualified Workers' Union, the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers' Union, the National Union of Hotel Restaurant Catering, Commercial Health and Allied Workers, the SA Cleaners, Security and Allied Workers' Union, and the Democratic Union of Security Workers.

Satawu is leading negotiations on their behalf. The unions represent about 75 000 workers in the sector.

The Hotel, Liquor, Catering Commercial and Allied Workers' Union of SA and the Professional Transport and Allied Workers' Union of SA went on strike last Monday.

All nine unions wanted the salaries of workers earning less than R2 400 a month increased to R4 200 a month. They have demanded a 10% increase for those earning above R4 200.

In addition they wanted a yearly 13th cheque, an eight-hour working day, and for members in rural areas to be paid the same as their urban colleagues.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration entered negotiations in July, when a dispute was declared.

  • WhiteFight - 2011-08-12 11:38

    Dont forget to blame Apartheid when you all lose your jobs...

      JMan - 2011-08-12 12:06

      yeah...also, don't forget to vote for your "leaders" again...and then strike a week later when they win...cause nothing has changed for you....again.

      tryanything - 2011-08-12 13:05

      Just come from there Already turning over bins..

      tryanything - 2011-08-12 13:06

      Assume these guys get paid for attending a briefing??

  • MissGremlinSays - 2011-08-12 11:38

    I respect their right to strike, but these guys are just thugs who will chuck rubbish all over the place again. Just like last year, and the year before that. (ad infinitum)

      Kevin - 2011-08-12 12:39

      I do not respect the right to strike . I respect the right to resign

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-12 12:46

      Let them trash all over the place, when the strikes over, they will have to clean it up & work harder to do so ! Actually, if they had any sense @ all, this would be the one strike whereby no trashing should take place.

      MTRJ - 2011-08-12 13:36

      Amma make lotsa garbidge in da street. Next week when amma back at wek, i clean it agên.

  • whatno - 2011-08-12 11:49

    Can someone please advice these poor people. One's salarycan never increase so much % wise it does not make sense, and thats what business is about. Not to mention all the money they will be losing afterall strike equals to No Work No Pay.These unions,i wonder what level of education their leader have if any.

  • illwill69 - 2011-08-12 11:51

    National Security and Unqualified Workers' Union - bring on the lulz

  • Nero - 2011-08-12 12:08

    Would cleaners striking make any difference? They have to dump rubbish cause if they just stop work there is no visible impact.

  • SMME owner - 2011-08-12 12:12

    And yet again misleading story. The unions have maybe 17% representivity, if that (ie less than 20 000 members). They 'forget' to mention cleaners already get a 4 week bonus (compulsory) every year, have a provident fund (which largely shows negative returns though unions have 50% representation on the board of trustees)and the minimum wage they demand is irrespective of hours worked..... Lets not forget job losses over the years because of above inflation increases.

      Rocky_III - 2011-08-12 13:21

      You should never let the facts mess up a good story. Takes the toyi toyi straight out of the equation. Unions are not for the people but only in it for there own power.

  • mickh - 2011-08-12 12:21

    So what about workers who earn between R2401 and R4199???

      Rocky_III - 2011-08-12 13:24

      You need to understand that efficiency is the name of the game. If it takes 5 people to do the work that 1 should do then divide the 1 wage by 5. Check out the number of waiters we need per table in a restaurant compared to Europe. We need at least 3 times as many all supported by cleaners and a host of other staff as well.

  • Staalbal - 2011-08-12 12:30

    Yes, double the mop jockeys pay

  • Kevin - 2011-08-12 12:38

    Fire them all. After all ,a new broom sweeps clean.

  • Tommy - 2011-08-12 12:42

    Methinks the natives are restless AGAIN!

  • Collitjies - 2011-08-12 13:03

    Strikers cannot be that badly done by when you consider its a no work no pay situation. Let them strike for a few more weeks. Dismiss half the work force then pay the remainder 4200 rand per month then everybody will be happy.

      P!NK - 2011-08-12 13:17

      HAHA, good idea, but that would mean the half that is left would actually have to do double work, and then they would strike again for a raise because they actually have to do something!

  • Leijn Tissink - 2011-08-12 13:14

    Are there any sector which have not yet striked this year??. Me think the taxpayers needs a turn to strike!!!

  • P!NK - 2011-08-12 13:15

    Here we go again with the demanding....

  • onthefence - 2011-08-12 13:25

    We need them back at work - with so many brooms standing idle my ex is getting excited expecting me to get her a new else can she fly around??

      lollie sue - 2011-08-12 14:32


  • MTRJ - 2011-08-12 13:40

    And I want a Ferrari and a billion dollars.

  • lollie sue - 2011-08-12 14:35

    when the strike is over, trash will be waiting

  • Deckard - 2011-08-12 14:59

    Why not strike on a Saturday or Sunday or will that cut into your weekend?

  • Ockert - 2011-08-13 11:51

    Retrench the unnessary workers and have the retained workers actually put in a full days work in exchange for the increase, surely 5 sweepers working flat out for 8 full hours can acheive as much as 15 laying (and chatting) on the broom employees. Do a proper time and motion study and then decide.

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