Strike threat on 2010 World Cup venues

By Chris Sleight09 June 2009

The Green Point Stadium in Cape Town is one of the World Cup venues threatened with strike action.

The Green Point Stadium in Cape Town is one of the World Cup venues threatened with strike action.

Workers building the venues for the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa are threatening to strike over pay.

According to local media reports, workers negotiating through the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have asked for a +15% pay rise. Employers represented by the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) have reportedly offered +7%.

In a bid to resolve the stalemate, both sides will meet for talks under the auspices to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on 19 June.

There have already been small-scale wage disputes on the World Cup 2010 projects. November 2007 saw workers down tools on the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, while last August saw a short-lived strike by sub-contractors' employees on the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

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