Four hundred Transpharm workers have marched to the National Department of Health to demand it intervenes in the deadlocked negotiations.
Workers at Transpharm, one of South Africa's largest pharmaceutical wholesalers and distributors and a subsidiary of Shoprite Holdings, are currently engaged in a strike entering its second week for a minimum wage of R12 500 with the company saying it can only give them an increase of 8%.
General Industries and Workers Union Of South Africa (GIWUSA) president Mametlwe Sebei said in yesterday's meeting with Transpharm management no agreement could be reached.
"Transpharm, in response, has opened its books for the workers to see that it is incapable of meeting their demands and still remain profitable."
"Moreover, Transpharm places the blame squarely on the shoulders of the government for regulating the prices of medication."