Cosatu demands adequate increase for workers

Union bosses were bracing for a tough year of negotiations as talks to halt job losses were already in...

Logo of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

Union bosses were bracing for a tough year of negotiations as talks to halt job losses were already in full swing.

Trade unions said they expected employers to try and get away with minimal annual increases for workers this year.

Congress of South African Trade Unions’ Patrick Craven said they would tooth and nail to put money back in workers’ pockets.

“The reduction in the fuel prices should be reflected in other price reduction and the unions won’t need to put in such high demand as last year, nevertheless we will still make sure that our members are fully compensated for the amount that they have already lost."

Solidarity’s Jaco Kleynhans said he expected negotiations around annual salary increases to be the toughest in the last decade.

“The arguments from the employer’s side will be that inflation will come down in the future and therefore we believe that one of the problems this year will be that most employers will offer salary increases that’s [sic] lower than inflation."