Sun must be willing to compromise: union

2010-01-06 09:40

Listed hotel group Sun International must show a willingness to

compromise at its next round of meetings to resolve a pay strike, the SA

Commercial Catering and Allied Workers’ Union (Saccawu) said.

In a statement on Tuesday, the union said it had considered a

response from the company to its memorandum handed over on December 31.

The response was received on Monday.

Saccawu has demanded a 13% pay increase while the company had

offered an 8% wage hike.

“While we do not accept or agree with all the issues raised by the

company in their response to our memorandum we wish to highlight some issues,”

Saccawu spokesperson Mike Abrahams said.

The claim by the company that the strike was unprotected was false,

“workers are on strike in terms of the certificate issued by the CCMA (the

Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration).”

Abrahams said that if the strike had been unprotected the company

would have approached the Labour Court to seek an order.

He added Sun International’s claim that more than 50% of Saccawu

members had returned to work since the beginning of the strike was also


“More than 70% of Saccawu members have been on strike.”

He alleged that Sun International had not been negotiating in good

faith. “We call on the company to approach the next round of meetings with an

open mind and willingness to compromise to see a resolution to the strike.

“In the meantime Saccawu will convene general meetings with all

striking workers over the next few days to prepare for the next round of


Abrahams said Saccawu intended to intensify its strike action and

hoped to highlight it at the ANC’s January 8 rally planned for Kimberley.

Sun International said in response that it would comment after the

next round of meetings with Saccawu had taken place. It said that more than 50%

of Saccawu members employed at Sun International had already signed an agreement

to accept an 8% wage hike.

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