The Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) salutes the 300 workers employed by Coca Cola Canners at Wadevile who are on strike that started on the 6th November 2015 at 06h00 in pursuit of agency shop agreement given that FAWU represent 78% of bargaining unit employees in the company. This strike follows an overwhelming majority yes vote following voting by a secret ballot.
As part of intensifying the strike action at ABI Coke, COSATU General Secretary, Comrade Zwelinzima Vavi addressed a protest rally, following a march to SAB Ltd offices in Sandton, by striking workers of ABI Coke and workers of SAB beer and other Coca Cola bottling companies at 14h00 on 11th January 2010.
More than 100 protesting FAWU members have been arrested in Midland and Develand January 5 and 6. The workers have been on strike since December 22 for better wages, better working schedules, and against the increasing use of outsourcing and labour brokers at ABI, the Soft Drink division of SAB Ltd in South Africa
16 members Coca-Cola National Shopstewards Council adopted an action plan and work programme at its meeting held 4 – 5 July in Johannesburg, South Africa. The meeting was supported by the IUF.
Among the priority issues in the action plan are: