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SOUTH AFRICA/WORLD CUPBack
[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

strike.

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

class". (ANA)

 

SL/ANA/08 July 2008


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