Tiger Brands wage strike enters its fourth week

Tiger brands - Boxes of Jungle Oats, one of Tiger Brands’ original products. Picture: Mike Hutchings, Reuters.

Tiger Brands’ KwaZulu-Natal Beacon factory wage strike is entering its fourth week. The factory located in Mobeni, Durban, is Tiger Brands’ only producer of sweets in the country.

Workers want their wages to be increased by 7%. Tiger Brands offered the workers 4% but this was not accepted.

According to the African Meat Industry and Allied Trade Union (Amitu), all 1,400 workers have downed tools. On Friday, December 3, the rice factory that produces Tastic and Aunt Caroline also joined the strike.

Amitu national co-ordinator Lungelo Makhathini said the union has exhausted all avenues in attempting to negotiate with the company.

“We have tried engaging management. We have tried everything, even going through CCMA (Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration) facilitations, and these negotiations should have started in May, but the management kept postponing or telling us that their chief negotiator was not around,” said Makhathini.

According to the African Meat Industry and Allied Trade Union (Amitu), all 1,400 workers have downed tools. On Friday, December 3, the rice factory that produces Tastic and Aunt Caroline also joined the strike.

Amitu national co-ordinator Lungelo Makhathini said the union has exhausted all avenues in attempting to negotiate with the company.

“We have tried engaging management. We have tried everything, even going through CCMA (Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration) facilitations, and these negotiations should have started in May, but the management kept postponing or telling us that their chief negotiator was not around,” said Makhathini.

According to the African Meat Industry and Allied Trade Union (Amitu), all 1,400 workers have downed tools. On Friday, December 3, the rice factory that produces Tastic and Aunt Caroline also joined the strike.

Amitu national co-ordinator Lungelo Makhathini said the union has exhausted all avenues in attempting to negotiate with the company.

“We have tried engaging management. We have tried everything, even going through CCMA (Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration) facilitations, and these negotiations should have started in May, but the management kept postponing or telling us that their chief negotiator was not around,” said Makhathini.

 

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