Wage negotiations continue

2011-07-26 07:18

Wage negotiation in the petroleum sector will resume today, said the trade union Solidarity.

Trade unions have agreed to return to the bargaining table, said Solidarity Deputy general secretary Dirk Hermann.

“The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration will now intervene in the petroleum sector in a dispute meeting (today) at 1pm,” he said.

Workers went on strike two weeks ago causing fuel shortages in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.

The Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Worker’s Union has demanded a wage increase of 11 to 13% and a minimum wage of R6 000.

It also wants a total ban on labour brokers and has asked employers to address issues of compassionate and maternity leave, the number of working hours and the shift allowance.

Employers have offered a 10% increase for workers at the lowest level, raising their minimum wage from R4 000 to R4 400.

Other levels were offered 8%.

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