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fawuBizCommunity reported on Friday that Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) members at Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA) operations in five provinces were pushing ahead with a protected strike that commenced on 12 October.  

This was after wage and other negotiations with the soft drink giant ended in a deadlocked during annual wage negotiations which began in July.  The company confirmed the strike action, but said it applied only to workers in bargaining units at the former Coca-Cola Fortune and affected only sites where that bargaining unit had been represented, mainly in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Limpopo, Northern Cape and parts of Mpumalanga.  Coca-Cola Fortune together with five other subsidiaries were all consolidated into CCBSA.  The company was unable to indicate how many workers were involved in the strike.  Fawu Eastern Cape organiser Zolile Langa said Fawu was demanding a 12% across-the-board increase and the company, which initially offered 3%, was currently offering 7%, but with conditions.  He said the union was willing to negotiate on the 7%, but without conditions.  The conditions were that workers should agree to being paid a normal day’s wage when they worked on weekends and public holidays.

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