Stadium workers still 'unhappy'

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The main issue of contention is one of transport, as only some workers are receiving transport from Cape Town station to Greenpoint Stadium.

“The stadium is being constructed by two separate companies, with the result that some workers are receiving more benefits than others,” says Pieter Cronje, spokesperson for the City of Cape Town.

“We are not unduly concerned, however, and expect the issue to be resolved soon.”

The National Union of Mineworkers regional co-ordinator, Patrick Hlengisa, says the union has appealed to its members at the 2010 World Cup venue to resume work.

He emphasised however, that although the workers should be back at work, “they are unhappy”.

Hlengisa added that that although the union has been in discussion with the employers, no resolution has yet been reached.

Meanwhile, the construction of Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, which is expected to host the one of the World Cup semifinals, is experiencing its own setbacks.

Labour Department officials issued prohibition notices on Monday which suspended operations at the construction site.

Labour deputy director-general Siyanda Zondeki and her delegation visited the site on Monday and found that machinery on site did not conform to SABS safety standards.

The companies working on the site have two months in which to rectify the situation, and there will be strict inspections until the site is found to adhere to safety requirements.