Johannesburg - A decision on whether to step up a strike at SA Breweries (SAB) will be taken on Wednesday, the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) said.
General secretary Katishi Masemola said on Tuesday the meeting would take place at Fawu's offices in Johannesburg.
“The purpose of the meeting is to evaluate the strike action and take a decision on its intensification, including on getting sympathy strike action by workers in the SAB soft drinks division, ABI Coke and others such as Appletiser... or on its termination.”
Masemola urged Fawu members to stop attacking and intimidating non-striking workers.
“(We) urge those of our members involved in violence or intimidation to desist from doing so and to maintain peaceful strike action if a decision to further maintain the strike action is made,” said Masemola.
On Monday, the SAB turned to the Labour Court for an order in an attempt to end the violence.
“The Labour Court... issued an order that calls on the leadership of the Fawu to appear before the court to explain what steps it has taken to halt the violence,” SAB spokeswoman Robyn Chalmers said in a statement on Monday.
She said 68 incidents of violence and intimidation had taken place since the strike started four weeks ago.
“These have included burning employees' cars, firebombing employees' houses and malicious damage to property, as well as anonymous intimidatory calls to working employees and their families,” Chalmers said.
Workers wanted a nine percent salary increase across the board and equal participation in the board of trustees of the provident fund.
SAB has offered a seven percent average wage increase with performance-related pay. - Sapa