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FAWU on the Strike in SAB Soft Drinks Division trading as ABI
Members of the Food and Allied Workers’ Union [FAWU] have started their nation-wide strike action this morning at 07h00. The strike is waged in pursuit of demands for wage increment, moratorium on the use of labour brokers, and changes of shift patterns and overtime pay. Early indications are that majority of our members and the entire workforce of 3 500 have joined the strike. Meanwhile the union has accepted company’s proposal for a meeting on the 24th December 2009 to see if we cannot reach a resolution to the dispute and find a settlement to a strike. We hope that management will sincerely engage the union and improve their wage offer from the current 7.8% and meet workers demand of 9.5 %.
Further, we hope to see the company placing moratorium on the continued practice of enlisting labour brokers guessed as owner-driver economic empowerment scheme in which the original driver is sold a truck and the rest of that truck crew are retrenched and employed at far less favourable conditions and wages.
Lastly we hope the company will accept that the current shift patterns that makes 45 hour working week to fall on a Saturday where workers are not paid overtime will be changed.
Meanwhile, we are mobilizing workers at the SAB’s beer division and other subsidiaries such as Vulpre Water and Appeltiser to be ready for waging a sympathy strike. This will result in about additional 4 500 workers joining the 3 500 striking workers totaling 8 000 workers on a full-blown strike.
Please call General Secretary Katishi Masemola on 082 467 2509 for more information.
FAWU General Secretary