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strike thumb medium85 85Cape Times reports that Premier Foods, proprietor of Blue Ribbon Bread in Salt River, Cape Town, has assured customers that an ongoing strike will not affect operations and the distribution of its products.  

Disgruntled employees affiliated to the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) downed tools on Wednesday to demand a 10% wage increment and R48 Fawu funeral cover.  A peaceful picket turned violent the following day, with police firing rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the crowd.  Premier group strategy and marketing executive Siobhan O’Sullivan confirmed that employees at its Salt River operations had embarked on a protected strike due to a wage dispute, but said workers at the adjacent wheat mill had embarked on an unprotected strike.  On Thursday, a striking employee was injured by rubber bullets when the police intervened to restore calm.  A non-striking employee was shot late on Thursday night.  The police are investigating both matters.  “There has been some intimidation of employees, resulting in more joining the strike,” O’Sullivan indicated.

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