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By Lesiba Seshoka
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has yet again scored a major victory in the construction sector, persuading employers through a three week long hard-hitting strike action to accede to further increases. The construction companies had earlier entered into a wage agreement with the Building, Construction and Allied Workers Union (BCAWU) for an increase of between 8 and 10% which the NUM rejected. The construction companies as represented by the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) yesterday acceded to the NUM ‘s demands and granted the workers increments of up to 12%, ending the three week long strike action that halted major power built programmes. “This is a major victory for us. Our members stood firm and we congratulate them for the firmness” says Isaac Ntshangase, the NUM ‘s Construction Sector Coordinator. “Workers were able to see who is fooling whom and joined the NUM massively from BCAWU” he says.
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