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Last updated: 02 February 2017

FAWU Continues Protest Marches Over Cheap Imported Chicken

The Food and Allied Workers` Union will be intensifying its protest action against the unfair "dumping" of chicken from the European Union in South Africa by staging a march that will include several stakeholders from the poultry industry. The march will take place on Wednesday, 1 February 2017 in Pretoria where protesters will gather at cnr. Nelson Mandela and George Storrar Drive at 11h00 from where they will proceed to 27 George Storrar Drive where the European Union (EU) Embassy is situated.

FAWU seeks to put pressure on the Department of Trade and Industry and the European Union to address and intervene in the job-loss crisis facing the industry. Government needs to protect the local poultry industry by negotiating more reasonable and fair international trade deals in the poultry sector that does not give other countries the upperhand as it does now. Farmers in other countries are being subsidised on a large-scale while their South African counterparts pay much more for maize and other feeding products. Local chicken production costs remain very high compared to these EU countries , rendering the industry less competitive than it should be. FAWU needs government needs to act fast and hard to protect the local poultry industry to enhance its competitiveness and to ensure the sector`s sustainability.

The sector provides jobs to more than a hundred thousand employees and is of great concern in the face of the country`s rising unemployment figures. FAWU seeks to increase awareness of the poultry crisis in EU states.

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