|[Published: Wednesday July 08 2009]
SOUTH AFRICA/WORLD CUP
World cup sites affected by workers strike
Cape Town, South Africa, 08 July – (ANA) - The national union of
Mineworkers (NUM) has called for an indefinite strike from today, after
marathon wage talks with management collapsed last week. The
organisation, which claims to represent 50,000 of the 80,000
construction workers, has rejected the employers' offer of a 10.4 per
cent increase and is sticking to its demand for 13 per cent.
All 2010 stadiums, as well as Gautrain (fast train) sites and other
projects like the Medupi Power station in Limpopo, are hit by the
There is rising concern that the benefits engendered by the 17 billion
rand (1.5 billion euros) invested by the South African government in
infrastructure development associated with football's biggest festival
will not benefit the poor.
On Tuesday a report by the Public Service Commission (PSC) warned
"steps will have to be taken to ensure that the poor can access the
necessary opportunities emanating from the hosting of the World Cup".
The report named corruption as one of the key reasons why hosting the
World Cup "may not bring material benefits to all regardless of race or
SL/ANA/08 July 2008