Operational Manager Avril Kotze reports from Durban that the status of wage negotiations in the Paper and Pulp Bargaining Council is the following:
THE Union position:
Across the board increase of 8%
That the shift allowance be increased by 11%
A minimum salary of R8000.00 for the industry or the current to be increase by the agreed %
The Employers’ position
The employers offer 5% and want us to remove the other 2 demands
The employers have been given 7 days to consider our position and should they not accept or we don’t get an agreement we will have no option but to declare a deadlock.