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CWU prepares for 3rd week of protests at MTN

The union says MTN should prepare for more industrial action if their demands are not met.

FILE: MTN employees on strike outside their head office. Picture Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Communication Workers Union (CWU) says MTN should prepare for a third week of protest action, if it continues to ignore their demands.

Workers are demanding increased wages and bonuses.

MTN has accused striking staff of assaulting four of its employees.

The CWU says it will be opening a case against Gauteng police after officers allegedly fired rubber bullets at striking workers in Johannesburg on Friday.

The union says it now has the support of Nigerian workers in its battle for a salary hike.

Spokesperson Clyde Mervin says, "We have tried with MTN, and MTN was stubborn. We have also spoken to the Nigerian MTN union leaders and they are going to give us some moral support from Monday. So, we're ready for action."

He says they have met with the network provider once more and have yet again revised their demands.

"We have revised our offer, which is still confidential for now because we've not yet touched base with all the members."

In the meantime, MTN has offered workers an eight percent guaranteed bonus and says it will look into the unions outstanding demands.