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strike thumb medium85 85DispatchLive reports that East London-based Bacalum Manufacturers is heading for its first legal strike and lockout over wages and conditions on 14 November.  The company is a manufacturer of high-end glass and aluminium fittings.  

Numsa is demanding 10% for 120 workers at the Arcadia-based firm, while the company has apparently refused to budge from a 7% offer.  Company owner Douglas Robertson said the firm’s offer was in line with the recommendations of the Master Builders’ Association (MBA) and that their last increase of 7% was, in effect a 9.05% increase when the cost to the company of skills upgrading was factored in.  But Numsa maintains that there is no training path or structure and no money is put into training.”  Numsa has also accused Robertson of running the factory “like a prison”, while Robertson countered that Bacalum operated strictly within the ambit of labour laws.

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