2010 workers may strike

2009-06-08 12:00

Johannesburg - Construction workers at 2010 soccer stadiums have declared a wage dispute with their employers, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Monday.

"We have declared a dispute with the CCMA [Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration]," said NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka.

"The possibility for strike action is great."

Seshoka said the SA Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) had offered a 7% wage increase.

"We demanded 15% but the employer is only prepared to offer 7%."

Seshoka said the parties were scheduled to meet at the CCMA on June 19.

Safcec represents several big construction companies, including Group 5, Murray & Roberts, WBHO and Grinaker-LTA.

In November 2007, several 2010 construction workers downed tools in a wage dispute, causing delays in the construction of Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban.

Last August, several working days were lost in a strike by sub-contractors at the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit.