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Business: Trade Unions Declare Dispute in Petroleum Sector

 





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According to Solidarity spokesperson Jaco Kleynhans, employers in the sector are still only offering a meagre 6% wage increase while trade unions are demanding an increase of 15%. “The current wage offer is a slap in the face and does not in the slightest attempt to pay employees in the sector a living wage. In addition, it is still 2,4% lower than the current inflation level that was calculated at 8,4% in April. In addition, food inflation is currently at 13,6% while the average of the past six months is at 15,7%. Administrated prices, meanwhile, are placing even further pressure on employees,” Kleynhans explained.

This year Solidarity submitted a consolidated wage demand in conjunction with the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) and the South African Chemical Workers Union (Sacwu). Several trade union demands have already been finalised or moved to other forums. The issue of working hours will now be dealt with at plant level while demands relating to job security, the handling of labour brokers and a moratorium on retrenchments will also be dealt with at the various companies.

Meanwhile, trade unions are still demanding an improvement in time allowed for special leave, which includes paternity, disaster, childcare and family responsibility leave, from eight days paid and two days unpaid leave. In terms of the current agreement, employees are entitled to six days paid and two days unpaid leave.


 
 
 
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