Pay hike demand: Still no progress in Interpak strike

2012-09-20 00:00

THE Interpak Books strike yesterday reached its fifth day without progress as workers vow to stick to a pay hike demand of 7,5%.

Managing director Grant Hubbard said they are experiencing industrial action related to a wage dispute.

Yesterday, tyres were burnt at the gates of the company. Police were called after unruly incidents of stone throwing, damage to vehicles and intimidatory behaviour.

“Employees laid rock barriers, burned tyres and verbally threatened staff wanting to come in to work.

“It is clearly evident that the union representatives have lost control of the striking workers and that the many employees who want to work are being prevented from doing so by an aggressive and ill-informed minority,” said Hubbard.

About 120 of workers want a 7,5% pay hike, while the company is putting six percent on the table.

“This is a first time we have experienced this kind of treatment as we have been in this company for the past 20 years,” said an employee.

Negotiations between the employer and the South African Typographical Union commenced in May and the company has maintained its offer of six percent conditional on the normalisation of retirement contributions to equal the employee’s contribution of 7,5%.

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