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Last updated: 13 July 2018

Delta Coke Workers Protest

13 July 2018

About 60 members of the Food and Allied Workers` Union ( F.A.W.U.) ,employed by the Delta Coke distributing facility in Bloemfontein in the Free State, were forced to embark on protected industrial action on Thursday, 12 July 2018 in demand of higher wages and better working conditions.

Management at Delta Coke has failed to adhere to the reasonable demands of our members which includes a minimum wage of R 6 500, a thirteenth cheque and providend fund. After several months of repeated attempts to initiate wage talks, the company stubbornly kept refusing to meet with the union and left the union no choice but to opt for industrial action. It is astonishing that a company of its stature cannot give its workers a living wage and good working conditions such as a paid lunch hour and engage in healthy dialogue with the trade union that represents the majority of its employees. It is furthermore shocking that the lowest paid employee earns a mere R 3 340!

FAWU approached the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and it issued a certificate of non-resolution that led the union to serve the company with the notice of intention to strike.

Our members are willing to engage in protest action for as long as it takes for management to give in to the legitimate demands of their employees. FAWU remains open to further the negotiation process on Tuesday, 17 July 2018 and calls on Delta Coke`s management to do the same. If the union and management cannot find an amicable solution, the company will have no choice but to face a prolonged strike.

We will also look into mobilising our other members at Coca Cola Bottlers South Africa (CCBSA) and others to support the striking employees if the need arise.

Released: FAWU Media liaison officer, Dominique Martin on 082 498 5631

For more information, please call the FAWU Provincial Secretary, Vuyani Mbangwa on 082 520 9557 or alternatively, the writer.

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