Thursday, July 13th, 2017
Trade union Solidarity today announced its strategy to achieve a settlement in the beleaguered steel industry.
This follows after wage negotiations between trade unions and employers deadlocked at the MEIBC about three weeks ago. According to Solidarity’s Deputy General Secretary for the Metal and Engineering Industry, Marius Croucamp, Solidarity is determined to negotiate for a settlement. “A strike will cause major harm to the steel industry and the bargaining council and could result in job losses,” Croucamp cautioned.
Croucamp pointed out that Solidarity had a three-pronged strategy in place to deal with the matter. In terms of this strategy the bargaining council is in the first place requested to extend negotiations. “The request creates scope for parties to agree to it before negotiations can be extended. Should the parties not agree, Solidarity would approach the CCMA to intervene and to get the parties to negotiate a wage settlement,” Croucamp explained.
As part of the strategy Solidarity will today engage in bilateral talks with employer organisations to promote the idea of a wage settlement.
According to Croucamp, the third aspect of the strategy focuses on having talks with small and medium enterprises that are concerned about their future should a strike be proceeded with. “Several concerned business owners approached us about the impact a possible strike will have on their sustainability,” Croucamp said.
“It is important that just one industry agreement be signed by all parties in the industry,” Croucamp said.