Engineering bosses, unions to meet Tuesday

By Chris Bathembu

Pretoria - Engineering bosses are to meet with the union representing striking construction workers on Tuesday to discuss whether their members have accepted the revised wage offer tabled last week.

"Yes they will definitely be meeting," said spokesperson for South African Federation for Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) Vanessa Casey on Monday. Safcec represents the employer body.

On Thursday, an 11.5 percent wage increase was tabled after talks involving Safcec, the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC), Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

It was agreed that union leaders would take the new offer to their members for consideration, despite NUM sticking to their demand of a 13 percent increase.

(NUM) spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said while union leaders were consulting with their members ahead of the meeting, the strike was continuing until "we sign on the dotted line".

The industrial action has affected construction at several 2010 FIFA World Cup stadia as well as the multi-billion Rand Gautrain project.

Last week, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee Danny Jordaan said they believed that the strike will be resolved as soon as possible and remain confident that the stadiums will be completed on schedule. - BuaNews