Striking SAB members hand over memo

Picture: Neil McCartney.

Striking SAB workers affiliated to the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) handed over a memorandum to their employer on Tuesday.

Fawu spokeswoman Dominique Swartz said about 100 striking SA Breweries (SAB) workers gathered at the company’s premises in Newlands, Cape Town.

“We are handing over a memorandum which states that we want a nine percent increase,” she said. The employer was offering seven percent, but Swartz said it worked out to workers receiving only 4.4 percent of that percentage.

The remaining 2.6 percent came in the form of performance-related payments. “We just think that is scandalous,” said Swartz. SAB management received the memorandum from the workers.

The Fawu strike began over a week ago. The company said it had a contingency plan in place to minimise disruptions to operations and customers.

On Monday, SAB spokeswoman Robyn Chalmers said a strike was always problematic, but that the company was confident of its plan.

“SAB has a total of about 6400 people working in the beer division, of which about 2800 are members of the bargaining unit,” she said at the time.

“Currently, about 860 Fawu members are on strike, amounting to just over 30 percent of the bargaining unit so a minority of workers are on strike.”


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