Johannesburg - The Food and Allied Workers Union on Friday distanced itself from the violence and intimidation that has marred the month-long strike at the SA Breweries.
“It is very unfortunate that SAB continues to make unfounded allegations of violence and intimidation against our members but fails to produce any evidence substantiating their claims,” said spokesman Dominique Swartz.
On Thursday, SAB called on Fawu to end the violent strike.
According to the SAB, there have been 72 incidents of violence and intimidation since the start of the strike.
The violence ranged from burning employees' cars, fire-bombing employees' houses, to intimidating workers and their families with anonymous calls.
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.
Fawu called on SAB to table a new offer and end the month-long strike.
“The prolonged strike action is partly due to management's consistent intransigence and refusal to meet with the union to discuss new wage offers.” - Sapa