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Last updated: 28 June 2017

Sugar Workers ready to strike should talks fail

About a 1000 sugar workers employed by Illovo on 8 labour- intensive sugar farms in the South Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal could go on a legal strike if talks between management and FAWU fail on Friday, 30 June 2017. The two parties deadlocked at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration and a strike certificate was issued.

Workers are demanding a 10 % wage increase and improvement of working conditions while management has offered 5% at the last meeting. Our members work hard in the cane fields for a meagre salary of about R 2 700. They are vulnerable workers who have families to feed and they deserve a decent wage increase.

The company indicated earlier this week that they might be prepared to review their offer and we hope they come to the negotiating table on Friday with a reasonable offer so that a strike can be averted. FAWU has served the company with the notice of intention to strike.

Amandla!

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