Members of the Food and Allied Workers Union took part in a protest march on Monday, 10 July, during which they handed over memoranda of demands to both the police and representatives of Spif chicken Farm. Photo: Carina Bester
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Disaffected members of the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) took part in a march at Mookgophong on Monday, 10 July, during which they delivered memoranda to the police and Spif Chicken Farm.
The FAWU members have been on strike since Thursday, 18 May, as a result of a wage dispute, and are insisting on a raise. FAWU members clashed with the police on Friday, 30 June, and the police were forced to fire on the crowd with rubber bullets. Warrant Officer George Ledwaba, spokesperson for the police at Mookgophong, told the media that two workers were injured during the march.
Once the memorandum had been delivered to the Mookgophong station commissioner, Lieutenant Colonel Kiba Kekana, the workers proceeded peacefully to Spif. The traffic department regulated traffic during the march, while the police provided escorts for the marching workers.
When they arrived at the chicken farm, the striking workers broke two danger tape that had been strung across the entrance and moved toward the security gate, where they sang protest songs until the memorandum was read.
According to the memorandum, the workers are demanding better salaries, bonuses without any conditions, and better working conditions. They have also demanded that efforts be made toward speeding transformation in the company. Kevin Traviss, the managing director of Spif, told the media that the employees do in fact receive a bonus, which is based on attendance.
Peter Mashishi, provincial chairman for FAWU, told The BEAT’s sister paper The Post that if their demands are not met, the workers will march to Spif again in seven days.
Traviss confirmed that the company had received the memorandum of demands, and added that the company remains steadfast in their determination to continue the negotiations in an effort to end the strike.
6 months ago 13 July 2017