Trade union Solidarity signed for an 8% wage increase, with an additional 0,5% in January 2008. SACWU has also accepted the offer, Solidarity said in a statement.
“The agreement is in line with the final mandate of our members and we are satisfied,” said Solidarity’s spokesperson for the chemical industry, Marius Croucamp.
However, the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union and the General Industrial Workers Union of South Africa had not accepted the offer and it seems likely that these unions will come out on strike next Monday.
In the meantime negotiations in the petroleum sector continued on Friday, while bilateral talks in the glass sector will be resumed on Monday.