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Toyota strike over

2012-10-04 16:48

Durban - Striking workers at Toyota's Prospecton plant in Durban will return to work on Friday after a pay settlement was reached, the company said.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) confirmed the deal on Thursday.

Workers downed tools on Monday after discovering that the wages of team leaders had been increased by R3.22 an hour by Toyota.

Numsa KwaZulu-Natal regional secretary Mbuso Ngubane said it had been agreed that all level one to level seven workers, excluding team leaders, would be given a R3.22 an hour wage increase.

The increase was not backdated.

Toyota spokesperson Leo Kok said it was not the company's policy to publicise wage agreements before workers were informed.

The plant had been closed since Monday afternoon and seven shifts had been lost, he said. This was lost production of 2428 vehicles.

The Prospecton plant produces Toyota Hilux bakkies, the Fortuner sports utility vehicle, Hino lorries and Ses'fikile minibus taxis.

Kok said "significant overtime" work would be required to catch up.

Talks would begin tomorrow, with workers to arrange the extra hours, he said.

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Comments
  • simon.stamp.98 - 2012-10-04 17:23

    As easy as that. Just demand and you will get it, current Wage agreement or not.

  • carl.v.rooyen - 2012-10-04 18:43

    @ Simon , I agree with you but with the current wage agreement in place Toyota went and increased the wages of a small amount of the employees. I am not privy to what the wage agreement says but I can understand the employees frustration in finding out that what they thought was an equitable agreement is not so equitable anymore. Here I think we should question if Toyota's management thought about the consequences of giving an increase to a limited amount of people and how it was implemented, as something like that won't remain a secret for very long. That being said I don't know all the particulars so I can't say who is at fault. It is also commendable that Toyota and labour managed to reach a settlement so quickly. The workers were not striking in a similar way to the other sectors, give is R12500.

      Alien42063 - 2012-10-05 07:50

      I Agree with you 100% Carl. Those workers get so little anyways, they should now have a better life for themselves and their families. Very commendable that Toyota Solved the dispute in a few hours (I believe) rather than weeks with violence etc etc involved. Big up to Toyota!!

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