Industrial Action at Lafarge South Africa Ends


Striking Lafarge South Africa employees affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have returned to work this morning following an agreement that saw an end to a 12-day long strike. The company and NUM were locked in talks that involved a number of issues including salary increases



Lafarge management announced that an agreement had been reached on, amongst others:


  •  An across the board salary increase of eight percent, effective January 1, 2016;
  •   A commitment to tighten salary gaps per job category by the end of April this year; and
  •   A once-off housing grant of R70 000 (fixed) per employee for acquiring or building a house.


The grant would, after two years of implementation be increased by a sum equal to the annual average inflationary rate for workers.


"We are pleased that we have been able to negotiate solutions that benefit our employees. Whilst our operations were not grossly impacted, we are happy to announce that we are running at full capacity," said Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, Country Manager for Communications and Public Affairs.


"We would like to take this opportunity to thank our key stakeholders for their patience, understanding and continued support during this period. We equally thank members of the bargaining council for their commitment to the process of negotiation."


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About LafargeHolcim

With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on Cement, Aggregates and Concrete,  LafargeHolcim (SIX Swiss Exchange, Euronext Paris: LHN) is the world leader in the building materials industry. The Group has 115,000 employees around the world and combined net sales of CHF 33 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2014. LafargeHolcim is the industry benchmark in R&D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project with the widest range of value-adding products, innovative services and comprehensive building solutions. With a commitment to drive  sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanization.


About Lafarge South Africa

Lafarge South Africa, a member of the LafargeHolcim group, manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates and readymixed concrete and fly ash through its various business units. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages. For further information, visit our website on:



For further information, please contact:


Unathi Batyashe-Fillis (Ms)


Tel: +2711 657 1109

Mobile: + 27 82 8721120