JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Thousands of striking workers at companies belonging to Massmart Holdings in South Africa, owned by Walmart Inc, will return to work after reaching an agreement on the dispute, a labor union for know Monday.
Disgruntled workers have been on strike since November 19 over low wages, unilateral restructuring and changing terms and conditions of employment.
At Builders Warehouse, unions asked for a salary increase of 500 rand ($31.50) monthly, while Massmart offered a raise of 320 rand.
Unions also want workers who lost their jobs due to restructuring at the department store chain, Game, to be reinstated. Massmart said it has identified alternative jobs for these workers.
In the settlements seen by Reuters and submitted by the South African Allied Workers and Commercial Catering Workers Union (SACCAWU), a branch of the powerful Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) , the parties agreed on a broad monthly salary increase of 400 rand, or 4.5%, for all 45-hour and 40-hour permanent employees who are union members.
This will be “retroactive” effective July 1, 2021, according to the settlement agreements.
They also agreed on a 4.5% hourly rate increase for all permanent part-time associates.
In another agreement, Massmart said it would try to reinstate Game’s laid-off workers to vacancies across the company.
“This has been a challenging time for everyone involved and we are pleased that the decision to end the strike will help engaged SACCAWU members return to work,” Massmart said in a statement.
SACCAWU said the workers returned this afternoon.
The strike, which lasted more than two weeks, did not affect Massmart’s operations as it hired contract workers for its stores.
(1 dollar = 15,8740 rand)
(Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by Bernadette Baum)
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