2010 stadium workers back on the job

2007-11-20 00:00

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesman Bonginkosi Mncwabe yesterday said workers are “happy” with the current agreement. It includes a R6 000 payment in two phases for each of the 1 200 workers - a R2 000 Christmas bonus to be paid on December 14 and a R4 000 project bonus to be paid in May 2008.

Contractors Group Five/Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO)/Pandev will also employ a safety instructor from among the workers.

The settlement means no secondary strike will be called.

Mncwabe told The Witness that they didn't get the desired extra R1 500 a month, but R1 000, “and that is fair”.

Speaking on behalf of the employers at a press briefing, Craig Jessop said negotiations with NUM were handled “maturely”. He added that new programmes will soon be implemented to make up for lost time. “We've lost many days but this won't be the first time we accelerate the project,” said Jessop.

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