Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bawsi: no wage agreement

Loyiso Langeni
27 July 2014

Over 80 workers from the Douglas Green Bellingham have embarked on a wage strike. 

They are demanding an increase of 10 percent while management is only offering 7 percent. 

BAWSI Agricultural Workers Union of South Africa Nosey Pieterse said it is the view of the union that it is the objective of ruthless capitalist employers to maintain the levels of poverty, hence they continue with inflate rate related increase.

“As a compromise we were prepared to accept 7.5% and after we came to an agreement facilitated by CCMA management then suspended eight workers and send thirty to disciplinary hearing for misconduct during the strike, but they were not prepared to suspend two management who drove through the strikers and knocked two of them down.

At this stage we do not believe as the union that we have an agreement.” Pieterse added.

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