Lafarge South Africa, a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, has over the weekend met with striking workers to deliberate further over outstanding matters that led to the industrial action.
Around 800 employees affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), embarked on a strike on Thursday, 11 February 2016, demanding an 8.5% wage increase, a R100 000 housing grant, salary adjustments and a 35% acting allowance.
The industrial action followed a series of negotiations, which started in October 2015 aimed at reaching an agreement between the employees and what the company could offer.
The company has reiterated its preparedness to engage with the union leaders to resolve the issues, as demonstrated by the number of times that negotiations have been conducted thus far.
Following deliberation and consultations at various levels, Lafarge South Africa has made a salary increase offer of 8% and increased its housing grant, whilst also offering a 30% acting allowance. A task team made up of Lafarge South Africa management and NUM members has been proposed to manage the issue of salary adjustments.
"The union had agreed to take the offer back to its members and Lafarge South Africa awaits their response", said Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, Country Manager for Communications and Public Affairs.
"We believe that our offer is more than fair as it is above inflation", she added.
Batyashe-Fillis said that the company recognises the protesters right to continue protesting, but added that this would have to be done peacefully without any intimidation to those employees who chose to report for duty.
Lafarge South Africa's main priority remains to ensure the safety of both the employees who are striking and those who are not.
As it relates to operations, the company is still well placed to meet its customers' orders, but is however eager to see an end to the industrial action so that all employees can return to work as soon as possible.
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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