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Construction strike ends

Construction workers were demanding a minimum monthly wage of R5,500

FILE: Police during the construction workers strike in the Cape Town CBD. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has confirmed that a strike in the construction sector is over.

Construction workers went on strike three weeks ago over wages.

Workers affiliated to the NUM were demanding a minimum monthly wage of R5,500.

The union's Lesiba Seshoka said an agreement was reached on Thursday with the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors.

"We are happy to announce that from eight percent, we have now reached an agreement of a 12 percent increase and workers are going back to work today."

Various construction sites were hotspots for violence and intimidation as a result of the industrial action.

The violence was strongly condemned by the Labour Ministry.

Meanwhile, a strike by petrol attendants, panelbeaters and car and spare part dealers continues.

The strike by members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) officially kicked off on Monday.

The industrial action is as a result of a breakdown in wage talks with employers.

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