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Last updated: 22 January 2018

Tongaat-Hulett Workers Reaches Victory Increase

After three weeks of an intense and protracted strike, more than 300 worker at Tongaat- Hulett Starch division in Belville ( Cape Town) and Meyerton, Germiston and Kliprivier ( Johannesburg) can claim victory after agreeing to settle on reasonable wage increases of between 8,5 and 7,1% respectively.

The strike was gruelling on our members but brought all plants to a complete standstill. Our members demanded a decent 10,5 percent wage increase while management was offering 6.25% initially. After some tough negotiations by the FAWU team, management came to the table and added another 0,25 % which was simply not enough for our members.

A bigger breakthrough in negotiations was reached on Friday, 19 January when the company and the union, after an eight hour session, finally agreed to an 8.5% ATB increase for all Grade A workers, a 7.5% for grade B and a 7.1% increase for Grade C workers. The standby allowance, which is awarded on a weekly basis, would also be increased according to the percentage increase in wages. The issue of overtime was referred to the CCMA as the union cited discrimination and inconsistencies in terms thereof.

Some workers have already returned to work on Sunday, 21 January 2018 but a grace period of up to Tuesday 23 January were extended to workers to ensure proper feedback to all those who were on strike.

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