RUSTENBURG - Trade unions have declared a wage dispute against Pep Stores, the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu) said on Friday.
General secretary Andre Kriel said the dispute was declared after wage negotiations deadlocked, with the employer offering an initial 5.5 percent wage increase, against labour demands of a 13 percent or R800 per month increase, whichever was greater.
Sactwu also wants improvements in workers' conditions of employment, such as better long service awards and study leave provisions.
It said the company had at a July 18 conciliation session improved its offer from 5.5 percent to a 7.5 percent wage increase, to increase current long service cash awards by 15 percent and to raise study leave by one additional paid day.
"Currently, long service allowance are cash payments for R750 per annum for full time employees with 10 years' service, and R1050 per annum for workers with 15 years' service. Study leave is currently 14 days per annum," Kriel said.