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SACCAWU press statement on the settlement of the Makro Strike

11 October 2017

The strike by more than 5 000 SACCAWU members has now been concluded on the basis of a collective agreement on substantive terms and conditions of employment. The agreement covers the following key areas:

Wage Increase:
1. An increase of 8.0% or R 600-00 per month, whichever is the greater for categories 1 and 2 for year 1;
2. An increase of 8.5% or R3.08 increase per hour for category 3 for year 1;
3. An increase of 8% or R630 per month, whichever is the greater for categories 1 and 2 for year 2;
4. An increase of 9% or R3.23 increase per hour whichever is the greater for category 3 for year 2;

Category 3 is in the main comprised of workers that through engagement between the Company and the Union; have been converted from Labour Brokers supply and casuals, into permanent status. Backpay for this category of workers also includes payment for the increase in the guaranteed monthly scheduled working hours, from the 1st of April. Engagements for gradual phased integration and parity, are to be undertaken on the secondary issues process currently underway.

The Union salutes members for being resolute and disciplined during their two week strike which had commenced on Friday the 22nd of September. We also wish to convey our sense of gratitude to our Federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and affiliated Unions for demonstrating concrete forms of solidarity during the Strike. We further acknowledge solidarity demonstrated by members of the South African Communist Party as well as members of other Alliance formations and Civil society Organs, including customers. We equally salute UNI Africa and in particular UNI Africa Massmart Trade Union Alliance that took some time from its own meeting held recently in Johannesburg to join the picket lines and pledged solidarity.

We particularly wish to pay homage to one particular customer (whose name we will withhold out of respect, in case she may not want her name disclosed) who after being forced by circumstances to shop at Makro at Germiston, went directly to the picket line to explain her situation, pledged her support to workers and called on the company to treat them with decency. We salute this heroine!

This relentless vigour and disciplined militancy from our members and the Union is also informed and premised from the devotion to thwart all efforts of trade-union-free and unilateralism offensive of Walmart-Massmart (under which Makro falls or to which it belongs); as already subtly introduced and equally resisted currently and in not so distant past.

This clearly proves that workers united will never be defeated.

Issued by the SACCAWU Secretariat:
Contacts: Lucas Ramathlodi - 0823365325