fawuANA reports that the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) on Wednesday vowed to proceed with rolling mass protest action against the imminent “sugar tax” and the so-called dumping of chicken from the European Union (EU).  

The government has announced plans to introduce a 1% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages from next year in a bid to curb lifestyle diseases.  However, Fawu said there would be job losses emanating from “sugar tax” and that there was no evidence to suggest that those lost jobs would be created elsewhere in the industry.  The union said it was also determined to prevent job losses in the poultry and manufacturing industries.  Earlier this week, Fawu marched to National Treasury offices in Pretoria to hand in a memorandum of concerns about the sugar tax.  Two more marches were due to be held on Wednesday in Cape Town and Durban.  On Tuesday, Fawu led a delegation to meet with the EU Commission's ambassador and trade counsellor, which followed a protest march and memo of petition on job losses to the EU Embassy in Pretoria last week.

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