NUM briefs workers on 2010 offer

THE National Union of Mineworkers will continue to consult its members about the framework agreement reached in a bid to abate the week-long 2010 construction strike.

The framework agreement came after a 13-hour meeting held at the commission for conciliation, mediation and arbitration offices in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Union spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said yesterday: "We are still consulting our members and we hope by close of business tomorrow (Monday) we will know whether or not the workers accept the new offer."

Seshoka said if the workers rejected the improved offer the strike would continue.

The NUM demands a 13 percent wage increase, which will see the lowest paid workers taking home more than R3000 a month. The employer is offering 11,5 percent.

Initially the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) offered 10,4 percent.

About 70000 unionised workers at all 2010 sites downed tools last Tuesday to embark on a strike over the wage dispute.

"Our membership put a determination that they will continue striking until they get what they want," Seshoka said.

He said that he hoped a resolution would be reached tomorrow (Tuesday) and workers would go back to work.

Safcec said it would respect the time frame the unions had requested to consult with their members.