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Tyre strike over at Continental

2014-05-12 13:56

AN END TO STRIKE ACTION BUT AT WHAT COST? Weekend workers at CTSA will receive “better” pay though at the cost of reduced staff members. Image: Shutterstock

Continental Tyre South Africa and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) which had been on strike since April 15 2014 have reached an agreement.

CTSA reports that the full workforce returned to work on May 10 2014.  

The tyremaker's MD Dieter Horni said: "We are pleased that an amicable agreement could be reached."

FOUR-SHIFTS, FEWER JOBS
 
The strike saw a number of proposals being put forth. The proposed four-shift model will allow weekend shift workers to be paid at “one and half times” salary rate for Saturdays and double time for Sundays but as a consequence CTS will have to shed staff through the necessary legal processes.

Horni said: “While we endeavour to maintain a stable work and production environment a level of business realignment will be necessary to accommodate the new shift model and increased wages.  We will now review and table our losses to place corrective measures for the sustained competitiveness of the business.

"We are pleased that through proper planning and the professionalism of the teams we were able to meet the needs of clients with minimal disruption."
 
Continental Tyre SA employs more than 1600 people.
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