Nearly a thousand Solidarity union members protested on Wednesday over pay at cash-strapped state-owned weapons manufacturer Denel. Denel, which produces military equipment for SA’s army and foreign forces, has held talks with unions on voluntary severance packages, reduced working hours and pay cuts for some staff as it struggles to emerge from a financial crisis. The company did not pay managers and specialists their full salaries in September. The workers demonstrated after Denel said it could pay salaries in October but salaries for November and other allowances were not guaranteed. “We’re bringing attention to the board that they’re sitting with a huge number of unhappy and insecure employees not knowing if they’ll have an income next month,” said Solidarity deputy general secretary Johan Botha. “The Denel board needs to implement a turnaround strategy as soon as possible ... to pull this issue out of the fire.” He said the protesters had handed over a memorandum and a petition...

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