NUM airs workers' grievances to Blatter

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NUM secretary Moshe Sedike told snl24.com/kickoff that the meeting took place on Monday.

Among grievances that Crosby Moni, NUM’s Deputy President, raised include concerns that construction workers at the stadia are underpaid; earning just more than R2 000 a month, while they were also working under what NUM claims are unhealthy and unsafe conditions.

The delegates also told Blatter that there is also an extensive flouting of statutory minimum conditions of employment by subcontractors at 2010 sites, with some paying half the required statutory rate.

NUM officials are part of a delegation of the Building and Wood Workers International (BWI), which is in Switzerland on a one-week study-visit hosted by the Swiss trade union, UNIA, and the Swiss Labour Assistance.

“Blatter, in return, committed Fifa to look at the plight of the workers and said that he will bring these issues to the attention of the government of South Africa and the LOC. He further agreed to include trade unions in his next inspection visit to the worksites among others,” Sedike said.