protestANA reports that the plush Sheraton Hotel on the eastern side of Pretoria CBD has been hit by a wage dispute, with workers picketing outside the grand facility, demanding pay increases.  

On Tuesday, the protesting workers said they could not make ends meet, with the rising prices of basic commodities, on salaries of around R2,000 per month.  One of the protesting workers, Selinah Ntsie, said she earned between R2,300 and R2,600 per month after having tended to about 18 rooms each day.  She has worked at the hotel for around five years and also undertakes other work such as laundry, dry ironing and attending the public areas.  The workers want Sheraton to pay them at least R7,500 per month.  Ferron Pedro, representing the Workers and Socialist Party (Wasp), was with the picketers on Tuesday, urging them to continue the “good fight for decent wages”.  Pascal Fouquet, general manager at the Sheraton Hotel Pretoria, said the company had made a significant pay increase earlier this year.

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