Striking SAB workers demand 9% wage increase

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

Fawu spokesperson Dominique Swartz said about 100 striking SAB workers gathered at the company's premises in Newlands, Cape Town.

"We are handing over a memorandum which states that we want a 9% increase," she said.

The employer was offering 7%, but Swartz said it worked out to workers receiving only 4.4% of that percentage.

The remaining 2.6% came in the form of performance-related payments.

"We just think that is scandalous," said Swartz.

SAB management received the memorandum from the workers.

Hundreds of Fawu members on strike
​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 spokesperson Robyn Chalmers said a strike was always problematic, but that the company was confident of its plan.

"SAB has a total of about 6 400 people working in the beer division, of which about 2 800 are members of the bargaining unit," she said at the time.

"Currently, about 860 Fawu members are on strike, amounting to just over 30% of the bargaining unit – so a minority of workers are on strike." – Sapa

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Sapa
Guest Author

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Latest stories

Zikalala finally releases first part of long-delayed rhino task team...

The report was commissioned in 2016 by KwaZulu-Natal’s former premier, Willies Mchunu, after a surge in rhino poaching

We need a president – woman or man – who...

Having a woman leader of the country would show a shift in gender equity, but more than that, South Africa needs someone morally unimpeachable who listens to the impoverished

Climate change bill: ‘One of the most important draft laws...

Bill moves towards the all-of-government approach required to mount effective climate response, but there are concerns that it is ‘toothless’

Yengeni’s complaint against Zondo is legally uncertain

The chief justice was acting in a non-judicial capacity when chairing the state capture inquiry, so the complaint probably falls outside the law but underscores the risk of naming sitting judges to investigate political scandals
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×