Category: Collective Bargaining

Swaziland: SAPWU’s strikes prevail over sugar giants

It was the kind of struggle that builds unions and democracy, and strengthens trade union international solidarity. The Swaziland Agricultural & Plantation Workers’ Union (SAPWU) launched legal strikes at the Tambankulu Estates, owned by Tongaat Hulett, and at Ubombo Sugar, 60 percent owned by Illovo Sugar, the largest sugar company in Africa – owned by …

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Swaziland: SAPWU strikes at Illovo and Tongaat

The Swaziland Agricultural & Plantation Workers’ Union (SAPWU) launched legal strike actions at Ubombo Sugar and Tambankulu Estates, controlled by the South Africa-based Illovo Sugar and Tongaat Hulett respectively. Illovo Sugar is ranked as the largest sugar company in Africa, with strong international corporate links; Tongaat is a major player in the South African Development …

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South Africa: FAWU and NASARIEU signed wage agreement in the Sugar Manufacturing and Refining Sector

On 6 June, eleven days after launching a strike, two unions, the IUF-affiliated Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) and NASARIEU, reached a wage agreement with the sugar employers ending the strike of some 5,000 South African sugar workers, of which 2,730 are FAWU members. Workers were to resume work on Monday 9 June.

The …

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South Africa: FAWU and sugar unions launch strike in the Sugar Sector

Today, 27 May 2014, over 5,500 workers in the sugar milling and refining value-chain launched a protected strike to support their demands for:

  • Wage increment of 11 percent across the board
  • 40-hour working week
  • Monthly housing subsidy of ZAR 800
  • Permanent employment of all fixed-term and other contract workers

The workers are members …

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Jamaica: Unions signed Sugar Sector-wide wage Agreement

On 3 April, the three unions organising in Jamaica’s sugar sector signed an agreement on wages and benefits with the Sugar Producers Federation (SPF), which represents the employers. The agreement is in effect for 24 months, starting on 1 January 20114 or the beginning of the 2013/2014 harvest season, whichever is earlier.

The main items …

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Zambia: NUPAAW achieves a 14 percent wage increase in Illovo’s Zambia Sugar

The National Union of Plantation, Agricultural and Allied Workers of Zambia (NUPAAW) concluded negotiations with Zambia Sugar on 2 April, and an addendum to the collective agreement on 4 April. The agreement grants a 14 per cent wage increase for around 1,300 permanent workers and 8 per cent for some 3,000 seasonal. Inflation rate is …

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Malawi: SPAWUM finalises 2014 wage agreement with Illovo Sugar

On 18 March, the Sugar Plantation and Allied Workers Union of Malawi (SPAWUM) signed an agreement with Illovo Sugar (Malawi) Limited granting a 28 percent wage increase across the board and covering some 10,500 workers in the A1-C3 categories of the Patterson Grading System.

Other conditions agreed were for an employer’s support in case of …

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Guyana: GAWU Reaches Wage Increase and Production Bonus

In the midst of the most severe production problems in two decades, the Guyana Agricultural and Allied Workers (GAWU) and the state-owned Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) reached an agreement on wage increase on 15 November and on a production bonus on 14 December.

A four percent wage increase, retroactive to 1 January 2013, was achieved …

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Belize: BWU/BSIL wage agreement

After three rounds of negotiations that started in mid June, the Belize Workers’ Union (BWU) reached a wage agreement with the Belize Sugar Industries Ltd. (BSIL), the country’s sole processor of cane, owned by American Sugar Refining, the ASR Group.

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Belize: BWU overwhelming wins representation of contract workers at BSI

It’s reminiscent of the biblical story of young shepherd David bringing down mighty Goliath with a slingshot. It should also have been a surprise for the company when the small and combative Belize Workers’ Union (BWU), an IUF affiliate and long-term friend of this writer, overwhelmingly won the vote of 95 contract workers, who on …

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