The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) says the battle lines are drawn between COSATU and Sasol in Mpumalanga.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the congress in Mpumalanga resolved to stage pickets, demonstrations and a sit in at the Secunda SASOL Plant.
As learnt, the essence of this is to stand in solidarity with the workers from the Chemical Energy, Paper Printing, Wood And Allies Workers Union, who have been on strike since the 28 July 2016.
In a media statement, COSATU related that “the workers embarked on strike as a last resort after negotiations between the Union and the National Petroleum Employers Association reached a deadlock on wages and conditions of service.
The employers are intransigent and using union bashing tactics by trying to divide workers and undermine their right to strike as provided for by the supreme law of this country,” asserted the congress of trade unions.
COSATU joined the union to demand the under-listed.
- Wage increase of 9% across the board
- A minimum wage of R8000.00 per month
- A one year agreement
- Job security
- The total ban of the labor brokers
According to COSATU, the employers have refused to address the workers demands offering 7% across the board and insist on a Multi-year agreement.
Hence, COSATU has mobilized its members across all its affiliates in the province and have also mobilized support from its alliance structures and the surrounding communities for the battle.
Also, COSATU supported the decision by the National Union of Mineworker’s (NUM) members at Eskom, to embark on a full-blown strike in demand for decent wage increases.
It said Eskom has failed to transform the apartheid wage structure in the company.
“White employees continue to be paid more than the black employees for nor discernible reason,” COSATU stated.
Thereafter, it proclaimed that the “worker’s demands of a salary adjustment of 8.5% to 10% on a sliding scale and a R3000 housing allowance are reasonable and fair.