Cup venues to be hit by strikes

CONSTRUCTION at 2010 World Cup stadiums will come to a standstill from next Wednesday when 50000 National Union of Mineworkers members go on strike.

CONSTRUCTION at 2010 World Cup stadiums will come to a standstill from next Wednesday when 50000 National Union of Mineworkers members go on strike.

The strikes come after NUM failed to reach an agreement with the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors in negotiations begun in March for workers at all 2010 stadiums.

Last Friday the negotiations deadlocked.

NUM national spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said they had tried to find a compromise - from their initial demand of 15percent to 13percent. But Seshoka said the federation was not interested in looking at the union's demand.

"They said they could only give us 10percent and that's left us with no choice but to go on a protected strike."

At present the entry-level salary is R2500 a month and NUM's demand translates into R2875 a month.

The stadiums that will be affected are:

Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit - which is 84percent complete;

Peter Mokaba Stadium - 85 percent complete;

Moses Mabhida Stadiumin Durban - 80percent complete;

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth - almost completed;

Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town - 75percent complete;

Soccer City in Joburg - 90percent complete.

Seshoka said that workers at stadiums used in the Confederations Cup - such as Loftus Versfeld, Coca-Cola Park and Free State Stadium - would also join the strike.

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