South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU) distances itself from a widely distributed WhatsApp message calling for a strike in the security and cleaning sectors on 29 March.
While it is true that SATAWU is currently engaged in wage negotiations in the security sector, it is not true that we have called for a strike. Wage negotiations are continuing and we are pleased to report that employers, who at the beginning of the process appeared unwilling to engage, have now softened their stance and are making valuable contributions to the talks.
Currently parties to the negotiations are assessing how the national minimum wage, which is set to be implemented on 1 May, is going to impact the industry and this year’s wage negotiations.
It is also important to note that the organisation calling for the strike, the African Security Congress, is not involved in the negotiations. It therefore follows that their call for a strike is not legitimate. Only the parties involved in negotiations can declare a dispute and thereafter when a certificate is granted, lead workers in the industrial action.
SATAWU advises its members to ignore the calls for a strike on 29 March as it is unprotected and they risk being dismissed if they down tools.
The next round of wage talks is set to take place on 22 and 23 March.
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