The ANC in the Gert Sibande region of Mpumalanga this week said the 87% victory in the Mpuluzi by-election is nothing but the receipt of a “mandate” from the people.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union is not backing down until its demands for a R12 500 monthly salary are met by the South African chemical and energy giant.
Since last week workers at Sasol have downed tools, demanding to see bosses for wage talks.
The company said four of five unions that were negotiating workers wage increase have accepted a 7% increase offered to them by the employer and it was only Amcu that was not satisfied.
“Others have signed the 7% that we have offered,” said Sasol minings Lucky Kgatle.
“But we will continue to negotiate with Amcu until we find the solution,” he said.
Workers led by the union on Friday said they will not accept a 7% increase but instead wanted R12 500.
A worker quoted in the media said they were not going to settle for R490 because that’s not what their bosses earn. He told media: Our CEO earns millions per year. We want only R12 500 per month which is not much. 7% of R7000 is too little,” he said.
Others reported having kids to feed and that were denied access to decent flats around the area of shafts with the R7000 they currently earn.
“The strike will go on until the employer gives us the R12 500 and we will be meeting him for another round of talk today,” Amcu’s John Sibiya said.
Last month while addressing workers on the commemoration of the anniversary of the Marikana massacre, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said that the union was preparing for a 5 month long strike across sectors that it organises in.
(edited by MM)
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