Johannesburg - One of the unions on strike in the construction sector confirmed on Tuesday that it had struck a pay deal with the SA Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Seftec).
“We have accepted the 10 percent wage offer and workers are expected to resume their duties on Wednesday,” the Building, Construction and Allied Workers' Union (BCAWU) said.
General secretary Narius Moloto said Seftec's offer was a 10 percent pay rise in task grades one to four, and an eight percent increase in task grades five to nine.
The agreement would be valid until August 31, 2016.
Moloto said his union had a “significant” number of members in the construction sector.
“The BCAWU has at least 40,000 members in the construction industry, and has been organising in the sector for decades,” Moloto said.
National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and BCAWU members downed tools on August 26.
The NUM claims a membership of 90,000 workers in the construction sector.
The NUM has demanded a change in minimum salary structures, a 13 percent wage increase for 2013, and a 14 percent increase for 2014. Its strike would continue, spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said on Tuesday.
“There is no end in sight for the strike action in construction; it continues until the employers grant our demands,” he said.
“We said to them (employers) they must address our demands on the minimum packages and not offer us R400 increases, we will not allow that.” - Sapa