CWU embarks on pay strike

2011-06-01 12:30

Members of the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) at Total Facility Management Company (TFMC) today embarked on a strike over an ongoing salary increment dispute, the union said.

This was after the facility management company offered workers 7% as opposed to their demand of an 8% increase, spokesman Matankana Mothapo said in a statement.

“CWU has moved from its initial demand of 15% as negotiations progressed to where we stand now,” he said.

On the other hand, TFMC also moved from its initial offer of a 4% increase to 7%.

Spokeswoman Aninka Wessels said the company was unable to reach an amicable resolution with the union, which represented less than 30% of its workers, and the matter had since been referred to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration by the CWU.

She said the union issued a certificate of non-resolution in April allowing for a legal strike.

However, she added that this was after the union accepted the company’s offer in March.

“TFMC has a detailed strike contingency plan in place to ensure minimal disruption to service delivery to all clients. A number of measures are also in place to ensure that non-striking workers are able to continue fulfilling their roles with little or no disruption,” she said.

TFMC would have “business as usual” during the strike, Wessels said.

“Engagements with CWU will continue during the strike action as we attempt to minimise the effects and duration of this industrial action,” she said.

The strike started this morning at the company’s Gauteng offices in Centurion, Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, Bloemfontein in the Free State and Middelburg in Mpumalanga.

Mothapo said the strike action would be intensified in Durban tomorrow.

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