“We are most pleased that we have reached an agreement with the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu), which ends the strike at SAB,” said managing director Mauricio Leyva.
The deal was reached on Monday night.
“The agreement means that the company’s average wage increase of seven percent with performance-related pay will be implemented, which will raise the average monthly pay for shift workers by R1196 to R18,283.”
“We will now focus on welcoming those employees who went on strike back to work, ensuring that we fully normalise our operations, and developing our future relationship with the union,” he said.
Salaries and wages for bargaining unit workers would be backdated to July 1. The principle of no work, no pay would be applied to all those who had been on strike.
Fawu general secretary Katishi Masemola said the wage increase would be seven percent, and that other issues relating to the strike would be dealt with at a separate meeting of the union’s national office bearers and the SAB board of directors.
The issues included the democratisation of and participation in the board of trustees of the provident fund and medical scheme, the review of performance-regulated pay, and the establishment of a beverage bargaining council.
“We hope that SAB management will realise the importance of handling workers’ demands with the necessary sensitivity and seriousness,” he said.