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Last updated: 17 September 2018

Khayelitsha Cookies Workers Embark on Strike

17 September 2018

Close to 50 FAWU members employed by Khayelitsha Cookies in Parow, embarked on a protected industrial strike early this morning.

Workers are demanding a decent wage increase from the employer as they allege the company continue to increase their production targets instead of their actual wages . Our members earn between R 2480 and R4000 per month of which they have to deduct around R 800 per month towards transport costs.

FAWU demands better wages and improved working conditions for employees at the bakery

  • Adjustment of wages to R 20 per hour (those earning R 15,50 per hour)for all employees; alternatively a R 500 increase across the board for all employees;
  • Annual increases should not be conditional to higher production targets as the latter are being raised at any given time without adjustment to wages;
  • Wage disparities of those performing the same duties should be addressed and adjusted accordingly;
  • The company should stop with the practice of employing more employees while reducing the hours of work of current staff;
  • Providend fund of 7 percent employer contribution;
  • Maternity leave to be extended to 6 months instead of 4 month unpaid;

Workers are currently expected to bake around 6000 cookies per day and have been requested by management to increase targets by 600.

While Khayelitsha Cookies is being hailed for their success tale in entrepeneurship and community upliftment in an impoverished township, FAWU is of the view that they therefore have an even bigger obligation to give their employees a decent wage increase as most of them are single mothers and the sole breadwinners for their families.

FAWU encourages the management from Khayelitsha Cookies to come to the table and give in to the legitimate demands of workers.
Striking employees will be picketing outside the premises at 52 Beacon Way Beaconvale Parow for the duration of the strike. FAWU will be meeting the company today to address its new offers.

Released by FAWU media liaison officer, Dominique Martin- 082 498 5631

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