Johannesburg - The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) will hold a press conference on Thursday to announce plans to intensify national strike action at the SA Breweries beer division, Fawu said on Wednesday.
Fawu spokeswoman Dominique Swartz said that Fawu would be joined by Cosatu's affiliated manufacturing unions.
“The purpose of the intensified mass action is to put pressure on SAB to concede to the legitimate and genuine demands of workers,” said Swartz.
Fawu members have been on a protected strike since September 30
after their employer refused to meet a proposed nine percent wage increase.
Swartz said the countrywide mass action would be joined by the National Union of Mineworkers, the Young Communist League and the Creative Workers Union among others.
“Our members are demanding a nine percent increase. The employer is only offering seven percent which is unacceptable,” said Swartz.
SAB spokeswoman Robyn Chalmers said that a seven percent average wage hike would increase the average monthly pay for shift workers by R1196 to R18 283.
“The average remuneration across all sectors is R4 773 and the average bargaining unit salary in the FMCG sector is R9 600,” said Chalmers.
The company said it had a contingency plan in place to minimise disruptions to operations and customers.
“A strike is always problematic, but the company is confident of its plan,” said Chalmers.
“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.”