South African strikes remain unresolved

10:34, July 28, 2011      

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None of the various strikes underway in South Africa was resolved on Wednesday, the Business Day newspaper in Johannesburg reported.

Thousands of workers in South Africa’s chemicals, fuel, paper, pulp and related industries have been away from work since July 11.

On Wednesday, workers in this sector marched in Rosebank in Johannesburg. Business Day said this was despite South Africa’s Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) having said on Wednesday that striking workers in the petroleum sector were discussing a revised wage offer with union leaders.

South Africa’s chemicals strike has left many small and medium companies having to employ expensive temporary labor. Neren Rau, chief executive of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) said on Wednesday that he was concerned that overall company trade had suffered in South Africa.

"I am also worried about the reputational damage that some smaller companies who deal with companies abroad, are facing because foreign companies are often amazed that South Africa has so many strikes," he said.

Strikes in South Africa’s mining sector continued on Wednesday.

South African gold workers are set to start their strike action on July 28. In the diamond sector, while De Beers workers have been on strike since July 22, coal workers have been on strike since July 25. Platinum sector talks continue.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
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