Avril reports from KZN that the parties in the Paper and Pulp Bargaining Council reached a deadlock when the employers made a final offer of 7%. The conciliation attempt by the CCMA was unsuccessful hence a certificate of deadlock has been issued which means that our members can embark on a protected strike.
We are currently in the process of conducting a strike ballot. Feedback from the shop stewards is that the majority of members want to accept offer and do not want to go on strike. We need to confirm with the members first if this is indeed the wish of the majority. An SMS will be sent out today to conduct a ballot. Responses must reach us by 15h00 today, 21 July 2017. YES will mean that an individual member is willing to strike or NO will mean that he/she is not willing to strike and is prepared to accept the offer. Majority Yes or No votes will be taken as our mandate.
We will keep you informed of the outcome.