Fawu and SAB have reached an agreement

FILE PICTURE: Strikers. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

FILE PICTURE: Strikers. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) and SA Breweries (SAB) have found common ground after ongoing wage disputes.

“We are most pleased that we have reached an agreement with Fawu,” SA Breweries managing director Mauricio Leyva said yesterday.

The agreement, which brings the strike to an end, means that the company’s average wage increase of 7% with performance related pay will be implemented, which will raise the average monthly pay for shift workers by R1 196 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,” Leyva said. SAB is one of the highest paying employers in the fast-moving consumer goods industry and in the country.

Leyva added that SAB and Fawu have agreed that all salaries and wages for bargaining unit employees will be backdated to July 1, 2013.

“However, the principle of ‘no work, no pay’ will apply for the duration of the strike.”

Workers have been on strike since September 30 and demanded a 9% salary increase across the board and equal participation in the board of trustees of the provident fund. SA Breweries offered a 7% average wage increase with performance-related pay.

Fawu general secretary Katishi Masemola confirmed that an agreement was reached and said workers were expected to return to work today.




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