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Solidarity2Reuters reports that trade union Solidarity said on Tuesday that its members at state-owned arms manufacturer Denel would begin with protest action on Wednesday over a dispute concerning payment of salaries.  

Solidarity announced its plan to picket after the firm said it would only pay salaries in October, but the payments of November salaries and other allowances were in jeopardy.  Denel has held talks with unions over voluntary severance packages, reduced working hours and salary cuts for some staff as it struggles to emerge from a financial crisis.  It has not paid managers and specialists their full salaries in September.  “It is outrageous that a company … would expect its workers to simply continue working while not knowing when to expect their next salary cheque,” said Solidarity Deputy General Secretary Johan Botha.

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