Lafarge South Africa, a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, can confirm that some of its National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) affiliated employees have embarked on a second day of protest.
Approximately 60 employees gathered at the company's Lichtenburg plant last night after an agreement was not reached regarding demands that they had tabled at the bargaining chambers.
Lafarge South Africa is offering a salary increase of 7.5% while NUM is demanding 8.5%. Other issues include acting allowances, salary gaps and housing grants. The company is offering an acting allowance of 30% of the monthly basic salary while NUM is demanding 35%.
NUM is also demanding a housing grant of R100 000 whilst Lafarge South Africa is offering R50 000. The union has additionally submitted a proposal regarding salary discrepancies. Lafarge South Africa has recommended that the two matters be dealt with by a special task team comprising of union representatives and management.
Negotiations to end the industrial action continue. A meeting with the NUM is expected to take place later today.
"Whilst operations remain unaffected, it is unfortunate and concerning to receive reports of isolated cases of intimidation of those workers who are not participating in the strike. We call on all our workers to maintain peaceful industrial action and to respect the rights of all employees," said Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, Country Manager: Communications & Public Affairs.
The company urges all the protesting employees to honour an agreement that Lafarge South Africa and workers reached in principle during their engagement at the CCMA, undertaking to maintain a peaceful environment while members engage in the industrial action.
Batyashe-Fillis added that managers are on hand at all the sites closely monitoring developments.
"Lafarge South Africa's main priority is to ensure the safety of both the employees who are striking and those who are not. The company is committed to negotiating with its employees until an agreement is reached as soon as possible. As it relates to our operations, we are still well placed to meet our customers' orders," said Batyashe-Fillis.
A meeting has been scheduled for later today between the Union and Management to continue discussions in a bid to find an amicable solution.
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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, 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: www.lafarge.co.za
For further information, please contact:
Unathi Batyashe-Fillis (Ms)
Tel: +2711 657 1109
Mobile: + 27 82 8721120