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Arms workers suspend strike

3 September 2006, Posted in Press Releases

About 1 000 striking workers at the Pretoria –based arms manufacturer Denel division-PMP –have agreed to suspend the strike tomorrow(Friday) pending further consultation with management to resolve the dispute over wage differentials.

This follows the Denel’s ammunition division’s refusal to engage in negotiations yesterday while the strike was continuing. The strike began Thursday after management refused to consider effecting corrective measures agreed upon last year to improve employee’s wages by 20% for those who were on the bottom end of the average grading system.

“A decision was taken that all employees will accordingly resume heir duties as of tomorrow, pending the process of consultation with management to the matter that gave rise to the strike,” Alex Mashilo, local shop steward chairperson said yesterday.

The company has earlier reneged on the latest agreement, obliging

management to make consistent assessment of the financial performances in order to bridge salary differentials holistically in all job categories.

And, this forced Numsa to withdraw from honouring the agreement and declared a dispute, which was followed by a 24 hour strike notice this week.

Numsa has proposed further meeting with management next Tuesday on September 5, 2006 to deal with the matter pertaining to salary differentials.

For further information contact:

Mziwakhe Hlangani, national information officer

Cell phone: 0829407116

E-mail: mziwakheH@numsa.org.za