S AFRICA: Union threatens boycott as South African Breweries strike drags on
The strike by a "minority" of SAB workers has entered its third week
South African Breweries (SAB) and the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) remain in a stand-off over pay negotiations, with the employees’ group threatening to call for a boycott of the company’s products.
FAWU said yesterday (14 October) it was consulting with its members after what it termed “unsuccessful” meetings with brewery officials last Thursday and Friday. SAB, a SABMiller-subsidiary, has offered its brewery workers an average wage increase, with performance-related pay, of 7%.
FAWU said its members, who have been on strike since late last month, were willing to compromise to 7.5%, but claimed that SAB refused. Last week, the union said it would call for a boycott of SAB beer in the Western Cape if the brewer did not meet its demands.
In a statement to just-drinks today, SAB said: “In line with SAB’s commitment to settle the strike as amicably and swiftly as possible, the company is regularly engaging with FAWU officials.”
It added: “The strike under way at SAB is a minority strike with fewer than 30% of the bargaining unit engaged in strike action. The overwhelming majority of SAB workers across the country support the company’s wage offer and have remained at work throughout the strike.”
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