Strike could end bar­gain­ing council

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TRADE UNION Sol­i­dar­ity has an­nounced that a pos­si­ble strike in the metal and engi­neer­ing in­dus­try could be the end of the Metal In­dus­try’s Bar­gain­ing Council (MEIBC). This fol­lows after wage ne­go­ti­a­tions came to a stand­still yes­ter­day. About three weeks ago, trade unions and em­ploy­ers reached a dead­lock with the MEIBC re­gard­ing wage ne­go­ti­a­tions. Deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary of the metal and engi­neer­ing in­dus­try Mar­ius Crou­camp said that the strike would mean that the bar­gain­ing council would not be able to cover its cost lev­els paid by em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees. “Such a strike may halve the MEIBC’s rev­enue for the month. The con­se­quences re­sult­ing from this will shake the in­dus­try to its very core,” he said. Sol­i­dar­ity had asked for a 10 per­cent wage in­crease. Some of the em­ploy­ers of­fered a 5.3 per­cent in­crease. – Nt­siki Nt­si­bande

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