Johannesburg - SA Breweries (SAB) was granted an interdict by the Labour Court on Wednesday against intimidation and violence by striking Fawu workers, the company said.
“The national interdict orders the Food and Allied Workers' Union (Fawu) to instruct its members who are on strike to refrain from committing acts of violence,” SAB said in a statement.
The interdict also required the strikers and the union to comply with picketing rules.
According to the company, striking workers went on an illegal march to its customer interaction centre (CIC) in Randburg on Tuesday.
Marchers reportedly carried weapons, disrupted traffic and consumed alcohol in public.
Last week, the court issued a brewery-specific interdict to SAB's Chamdor brewery and depot, west of Johannesburg, following incidents of violence outside the brewery and depot.
On Tuesday, Fawu announced its intention to intensify its national strike action.
Fawu general secretary Katishi Masemola estimated that 450
workers took part in the march to the CIC in Randburg, which he described as a success.
SAB beer division employees affiliated to Fawu are demanding a nine percent salary increase across the board, and equal participation in the board of trustees of the provident fund and medical scheme through people they deployed.
SAB has offered a seven percent average wage increase with performance related pay.
“This will increase the average monthly pay for shift workers by R1196 to R18,283,” SAB said.
Masemola said workers across the country were refusing to go back to work until an agreement was reached. The strike started two weeks ago.
He could not be reached for comment about the interdict. - Sapa