02 Jul

UASA Sector News: 02 July 2024

Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

UASA calls for continued negotiations with the Sugar Manufacturing and Refining Employer’s Association (SMREA) after sugar industry wage discussions reached a deadlock. On 27 June 2024, a special meeting was convened in Durban between representatives of the Sugar Industry employers and organised labour, including UASA, to explore a possible settlement regarding ongoing wage negotiations. Despite intensive discussions, the meeting concluded with the parties still at an impasse, and no agreement or settlement was reached.

UASA remains committed to advocating for fair wages and improved working conditions in the sugar industry. We are disappointed that a mutually acceptable resolution has not yet been achieved since the negotiations started three months ago. We are committed to progress in future discussions.

UASA aims to convene another negotiation meeting to address the existing negotiation obstacles and achieve a fair and equitable settlement that benefits all parties. Although the sector has been affected by economic and natural disaster challenges, the industry remains a crucial role player in our economy. We remain hopeful that a resolution can be reached through continued dialogue and cooperation.

For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162.

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