Trade union Solidarity today announced that it managed to reach common ground with steel giant ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), and it has signed a wage agreement which will be favourable to all parties.
This comes after the trade union on 13 July referred its dispute with AMSA to the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) as negotiations had yielded no results after various rounds of negotiations.
According to Marius Croucamp, Solidarity’s deputy general secretary for the metal and engineering industry, the offer involves a three-year wage agreement with a 7%-increase in respect of the medical contribution and a 7% increase in wages for employees on the H and I grades, and a 7,5%-increase for employees on the J and K grades for year 1. In years 2 and 3 a 7%-increase will apply for all grades and in respect of all allowances.
Croucamp said the wage increase and allowance increase will be backdated to 1 April this year. Croucamp pointed out that the other trade union is still in a dispute with the employer, and further changes are possible. “If the other trade union secures a better offer, this offer will also apply to our members,” Croucamp said.
“We are pleased by this agreement as it provides for stability in the work environment and it offers our members job security,” Croucamp concluded.