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strike thumb medium85 85The Citizen reports that a National Trade Union Congress delegation is due to meet with RCL Foods on Wednesday in a final bid to avert a bread and flour strike.  

Workers in the group’s Millbake operation, which forms part of the sugar and milling division, are demanding a R9,000 basic salary, a bonus, medical aid, a R400 danger allowance and a R900 housing allowance.  Union general secretary Sophonia Machaba said the strike would affect the production and distribution of Sunbake bread, flour and maize meal.  “There is a meeting this Wednesday to discuss the outstanding demands.  Once we get an offer on the outstanding demands, we will take them to our members for a mandate.  We are also going to discuss and sign picketing rules with the employer,” Machaba said.  If, after consultations on Friday, the offer is rejected, a 48-hour strike notice will apparently be served on RCL Foods to pave the way for a full-blown strike.  Stephen Heath of RCL Foods said their offer was for a salary hike ranging between 12.5% for the lowest grade and 8% for the highest grade and a R150 travel allowance.  He indicated that currently workers earned between R4,490 and R6,742 a month depending on their grade.

  • Read the original of this report by Sipho Mabena on page 4 of The Citizen of 5 February 2019

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