Stalemate in 2010 strike

Alfred Moselakgomo and Riot Hlatshwayo

Alfred Moselakgomo and Riot Hlatshwayo

The two unions representing workers at the Mpumalanga 2010 World Cup stadium were still locked in closed-door negotiations with management of the Mbombela Stadium Joint Venture in a bid to end the ongoing strike.

The construction workers had on Monday turned away trucks coming to deliver bricks at the stadium.

The workers are represented by the National Union of Mineworkers and the Building Construction and Allied Workers Union.

The strike entered its sixth day yesterday, with the workers not allowing any delivery into the stadium.

A truck driver from a brick company known as Malelane Stene, who had come to deliver bricks at the stadium, turned back when the strikers warned him to do so if he knew what would be good for him.

The workers are complaining about what they say is the employers' non-adherence to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

They are demanding, among other things, project bonuses, travelling and food allowances.

On Friday, Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Issa Haiyatou had to abandon his trip to the stadium because it was not safe to do so while the strike was in progress.

The striking workers held placards, some of which read: "We are tired to work for the Boers", and sang songs with similar lyrics.

The strikers' leader, Andile Toto, said the workers were so frustrated that they would continue to down tools until their demands were met.

"How can we continue to work when we are very hungry? asked Toto.

Contractors and surveyors were also warned to leave the construction site at the stadium.