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Flowtite Workers Down Tools

28 June 2000

Fifty employees of Flowtite Botswana (Pty) Ltd, on Wednesday last week downed their tools demanding a P500 market allowance. According to a spokesperson, the said allowance was extended to other employees in February. Those who benefited are in the quality control and maintenance departments, as well as the various supervisors. The logistics and production sections did not get the allowance and are now demanding it. It is reported that the company's problems with the workers started in 1997 when it was operating under the parent name, Owens Corning. During that year, it experienced serious financial problems and had to lay off workers, leaving a big workload. Since then the workers have been pressing for higher pay which the company says it cannot afford. The company manufactures glass reinforced plastic pipes. They are exported to a number of SADC countries, as well as to Mali.

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