20 July 2012
About 3500 FAWU members in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Free State, Limpopo, and North West, employed by the dairy producer Clover, are in their third day of a legal national strike in demand of wage increases and better working conditions.
The union , on behalf of its members, are demanding a 11 % wage increase or R 400 ( whichever is greatest) while the company is offering 8% or R 360.00 ( whichever is greatest) at this stage. Workers also demand a housing allowance of R 200.00 and an adjustment of R 200.00 for handling products other than Clover’s. Workers report that the company is paid a handling fee but workers get none of this despite the fact that it comes down to additional workload. The company, on the other hand, is not willing to budge on the housing allowance and wage adjustments.
In addition, our members want the company to contribute about 75% towards the medical aid scheme while the company wants the status quo of 50% to remain. Workers reason that since they work in the food industry , their health should be in top condition and it is just not possible to get the highest medical care with the low wages they are earning.
The minimum wage at Clover is about 3700.00 rand. The striking workers make out about half of the total workforce.
Released by FAWU media officer, Dominique Swartz 082 498 5631