Tiger BrandsBL Premium reports that the indefinite pay strike at Tiger Brands’ snacks and treats division has disrupted its operations so severely the company will have to continue operations right through the festive period to claw back production.

The industrial action in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) started on 10 November when about 1,200 members affiliated to the African Meat Industry and Allied Trade Union (Amitu) downed tools at the division that makes chocolates and sweets in support of their demands for a 7% pay increase. The workers rejected the management’s proposal for a pay rise of 3%. Tiger Brands said despite numerous engagements prior to the strike commencing and company’s ongoing attempts to reach a settlement, the union had yet to table an updated settlement proposal. Tiger Brands has also been affected by the Covid-19 lockdowns and was among businesses affected by the violent unrest in Gauteng and KZN in July, which forced the food producer to temporarily close all operations in KZN. On Wednesday, Tiger Brands confirmed that the strike had disrupted normal operations. “Therefore, the snacks and treats operations will not close over the festive period as has been customary in the past. Operations will continue throughout the festive season,” the company advised. Amitu national co-ordinator Lungelo Makhathini said the strike would continue. Yet Tiger Brands did also indicate the following: “In recognition of the loss of income and the financial hardship employees are experiencing as a result of this protracted strike action, during which the no work no pay principle applies, the company will pay a ‘13th cheque’ to qualifying employees of the snacks & treats division before the end of December 2021, even though the strike continues.”


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