South Africa Construction Back on Track

  • 15 years ago
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An agreement with striking workers means that construction work on the 2010 Soccer World Cup stadiums is back on. The SA Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors, (Safcec), the employer body, and the unions representing the workers signed the agreement after a week-long strike had brought all work on the stadiums to a halt. Also affected were major infrastructure projects, including the Gautrain high speed rail.


Estimates indicated that from 50,000 to 70,000 employees of the National Union of Mineworkers and the Building Construction and Allied Workers Union were on strike. The strikers were asking for a raise of 13 percent and ended up receiving a 12 percent hike in wages.


“We have an agreement,” said Thamsanqa Matosa, the deputy president of the mineworker’s union. “The strike will be called off immediately after the signing and the workers will be expected to report for work on Thursday.”


Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordan released the following statement, “The 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) wishes to thank the unions representing the construction workers and their employers for reaching an agreement to end the strike affecting the building of the stadiums to be used during the FIFA World Cup next year.”


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