Strikes to hit energy, drug firms
Johannesburg - A full-blown strike in the petroleum and
pharmaceuticals sector will kick off on Monday, the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing,
Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) said on Thursday.
"Hundreds of companies will be affected and amongst the
major ones are Sasol [JSE:SOL], Engen, BP, Caltex Refinery, Total, Sapref, AEL, Nampak
Glass, Consol Glass, Omnia Holdings [JSE:OMN], Adcock Ingram Holdings [JSE:AIP], Tiger Brands [JSE:TBS], Kimberly Clark and
many others," Ceppwawu general secretary, Simon Mofokeng said.
About 70 000 workers are expected to go on strike.
This would include members of the General Industries Workers
Union of South Africa (Giwusa).
Industries affected could include petroleum,
pharmaceuticals, glass, industrial chemical, and fast moving consumer goods.
Tissue and Allied Union members would join the strike
towards the end of next week, he said.
"The companies affected here will be amongst others,
Sappi [JSE:SAP], Mondi Pak, PG Bison and so on."
Mofokeng said workers wanted a wage increase of 11% to 13%
across board. Wages must be a minimum of R6 000 a month.
Other demands were job security, to include an outside bargaining
unit category, six months' fully paid maternity leave and a 40-hour working
week without pay loss.
"Our demands are in line with the living wage campaign
of Cosatu adopted at the recent central committee.
"The strike comes as a direct result of the
intransigence and greed of the employers. Employers have, over the past two
months in wage negotiations, consistently refused to accede to the legitimate
and reasonable demands of the unions and members," he said.
Unions: Push us further down the international competition toilet!!!!
These strikers are only thinking about themselves and to hell with the consumers who pay their salaries. They are also stuffing up our economy. They also prepared to go without pay for as long as it takes for their unrealistic demands to be met, under these circumstances they don't need such high increases.