South African Unions Demanding Pay Raises
July 14, 2009 - South African union's representing workers in many industrial sectors are demanding pay increases above inflation. But employers point to the global economic crisis and say they cannot afford the raises.
South Africa is Africa's largest economic region.
South Africa's Solidarity union, representing paper industry workers, said the latest pay offer for its members was "unacceptable" and it would not agree to an increase below inflation.
According to a Reuters news report, paper producers Sappi and Mondi have offered raises of between 6 and 7.5 percent, up from their initial offer of 4-5 percent.
Unions are demanding a 12 percent pay rise.