Sun International wants to meet striking Saccawu

2010-01-05 11:45

RESORT COMPANY Sun International yesterday said it wanted a “high level” meeting with striking South African Clothing, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) members to resolve a protracted wage strike that it considers unprotected.

The company also said it felt various allegations by Saccawu were untrue.

It said it had called on police during the strike only when it felt workers were engaging in unlawful conduct.

Chief executive David Coutts-Trotter said various incidents had been reported to the union, which had not yet been investigated.

Sun International also denied the union permission to picket on its premises “given the conduct by striking workers both in the previous 2006 strike and the current strike”.

Saccawu had also included five issues in its memorandum, handed over on December 31, which had not been processed through the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

“... And therefore, the company’s position is that Saccawu members striking in support of these demands are currently participating in an unprotected strike”, the company said.

The union is demanding a 13% increase against the company’s offer of 8%.

Saccawu national negotiations co-ordinator Ivan Molefe said the strike had been protected since December 4.

However, he said the union was still waiting for picketing rules from the CCMA, with one of the main points of disagreement being whether they could picket inside or outside the resorts and hotels.

“We believe they can still pay more, they cannot now just plead poverty,” said Molefe.

He said union representatives would attend meetings to discuss these issues and would finalise a response following a union meeting today. 

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