Tebogo Msimanga |
The Food & Allied Workers’ Union (FAWU) will march to Unilever’s head office in Umhlanga in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province on Wednesday 15 June 2022 to hand over a memorandum of strike demands to the company.
FAWU KZN Provincial Secretary Siphiwe Dlomo said they believe a multinational such as Unilever can accede to workers’ reasonable demands for better conditions and a decent wage increase, especially given the challenging economic environment the working class finds itself in.
About 600 FAWU members embarked on industrial action at the Indonsa plant in Umhlanga in the Kwa-Zulu Natal on 27 May 2022 following failed wage talks with the employer under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.
“Our members demanded a 12 percent wage increase in February this year, an increase in the staff quarterly vouchers, an increase in sick leave 15 days per annum and for the implementation date to be backdated to April 1 2022”.
Dlomo added that the company withdrew its wage proposal on 30 May 2022 after it was rejected by workers on the basis that it was the very same proposal the company had made when the parties reached a deadlock. “The company’s latest wage proposal offer stood at a deplorable 5,8 percent while the union demanded a 9,5 percent wage increase”.