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Last updated: 28 June 2018

Parmalat Workers Embark On Strike

28 June 2018

About 4000 FAWU members, employed by dairy giant Parmalat in Cape Town, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, and Durban will embark on protected industrial action on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 at around 12h30 as wage negotiations have deadlocked and led the union to declare a dispute on 20 June 2018. The union served the 48- hour strike notice to the employer on Monday, 25 June 2018 and the employer responded by a lock-out notice. Striking workers will be demonstrating outside their premises full-force starting this afternoon.

The union demands a 9% wage increase to be implemented from 1 May 2018 while the company responded by offering 7,3% . In addition, the union is demanding incentives on a monthly and annual basis but the employer is unwilling to change the status quo of a once-off payment of R 500 on the staff purchase card. The employers agreed to maintain the above payment subject to the union dropping its demand for an incentive bonus as well as proposing a change in the working week.

Workers at the dairy manufacturer earn wages of between R 6000 and R 14 000 per month. FAWU is convinced that the company can accede to workers` justifiable demands as business is stable and profitable. We are convinced it can award a decent wage increase to its loyal employees to assist in mitigating the effect of the ever-increasing cost of living.

Released: FAWU Media Liaison Officer, Dominique Martin- 082 498 5631

For more information, please call FAWU`s National Sector Organiser Thabo Moselane on 082 464 4193, the Deputy General Secretary Mngomezulu Mayoyo on 082 440 4039 or General Secretary Katishi Masemola on 082 467 2509

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