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 S. Africa: Tyre And Rubber Strike Is Nearing Its End

By Tina George 13 August 2007

A final settlement to end the three-week old strike in the tyre and rubber manufacturing industry is expected tomorrow or Wednesday.

One outstanding issue was that Goodyear tyre should come out with a plan on how they intend to phase out labour brokers in their employment,” says Maziwakhe Hlangani.

The company has agreed that 100 of 250 employees who are working under labour brokers will be absorbed into permanent staff compliment.

Other issues involved are labour costs which include shift allowances and increases in provident funds contributions which should be tackled again, says Hlangani.

Employer’s New Tyre Industry Association are offering wage increases ranging from 8,5% for the lowest paid workers and 8% across the board.

Source: Bush Radio 89.5 FM, Capetown, South Africa