Uncategorized 15.6.2015 07:00 am

Crunch MTN talks today

FILE PICTURE: Members of the Communication Workers Union take part in a picket, 21 May 2015, outside the MTN offices in Fairland, Johannesburg. The union is demanding a ten percent salary increase, higher weekend and public holiday wages and that temporary staff are made permanent at the telecommunications company MTN. Picture: Alaister Russell

FILE PICTURE: Members of the Communication Workers Union take part in a picket, 21 May 2015, outside the MTN offices in Fairland, Johannesburg. The union is demanding a ten percent salary increase, higher weekend and public holiday wages and that temporary staff are made permanent at the telecommunications company MTN. Picture: Alaister Russell

Should cellphone company MTN not present a revised salary and bonus offer today during a meeting aimed at resolving the strike by employees, then plans to intensify the industrial action will go ahead.

According to Communications Workers Union (CWU) general secretary Aubrey Tshabalala, a letter from MTN’s representatives was received, requesting a meeting.”We have always been open to discussions, and we will see how the meeting goes”.

“We have been consulting with our members to get a mandate on what the way forward should be, and so far, the majority of them (members), have instructed us to forge ahead with their battle for improved salaries and bonuses,” said Tshabalala.

Labour is demanding 12% for bonuses and 10% for salary increases. The employer is offering an 8% guaranteed bonus which will be payable in two instalments. The first payments will be paid retrospectively on March 2015, while the second instalment will be credited to December 2015.

Meanwhile, the union distanced itself from reports of intimidation and violence that have marred the industrial action.

 

 

 

 

 

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