We had a strike at Royal Bafokeng Administration over wage negotiation disagreements on the 2nd to the 3rd of March 2010.
In our engagements with RBA, the management team was led by a consultant called Mr. Moumakwe throughout but was kicked out at the CCMA by the Commissioner knowing his background and the alleged fraud and corruption he committed while working for CCMA previously. At the negotiations, SAMWU demanded 17% increase whilst RBA offered 6% across the board. 2nd mandate from workers was 13%, for employees in Grade A to Grade C. and 6% for Grade D upwards, but RBA moved to 6.5% across the board. 3rd SAMWU workers mandate came up with 11% for workers in terms of the Grade A to C and Grade D upwards 6.5%. RBA offered 9% for employees on Grade A to C and 7% for Grade D upwards.
While still in negotiations, RBA management asked for caucus break, on their return they said their principal mandate is 8% across the board and they can never offer more than that. That is when we reached the deadlock and sought CCMA’s intervention. At the CCMA RBA didn’t want to move on their stand point, as a result we were granted certificate to go on strike. The strike took two days whereby RBA called us to renegotiate and the outcome was that we settled for 8%, that they will allow employees to join SAMWU medical aid scheme, salary increase will be revisited based on the performance of the economy by June 2010 also housing allowance will be looked into by June 2010, RBA will not retrench in the next 12 months, employees with low salaries will be assisted, intimidation and victimization of SAMWU members by managers will stop.