The striking SAB workers affiliated to the Food and Allied Workers Union behaved violently on Monday outside SAB’s Chamdor brewer and depot in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg, said SAB spokeswoman Robyn Chalmers.
“Striking workers burned tyres and threw stones at the depot and passing cars,” said Chalmers. Chalmers said Fawu officials agreed to the picketing rules, which allowed striking workers to picket outside SAB operations providing it was done peacefully.
“We are deeply concerned about the acts of violence and intimidation and we urge Fawu officials to ensure that their members abide by picketing rules,” she said. Fawu handed over a memorandum to their employer on Tuesday which states it wants a nine percent increase.
The employer was offering seven percent, but Fawu spokeswoman Dominique Swartz said that 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. 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.
“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,” said Chalmers.