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Coca-Cola Beverages SA strike resolved

Over 30% of striking workers at Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA) are back at work, according to spokesperson Nathalie Hendricks. The strike has applied only to workers in bargaining units at the former Coca-Cola Fortune, which, together with five other subsidiaries, has been consolidated into CCBSA.

Workers from the Eastern Cape, Free State, Limpopo, Northern Cape and some parts of Mpumalanga have been at loggerheads with the company for over a month. An agreement was apparently reached with the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), but some of the workers were not satisfied with the terms thereof and the matter was referred to the CCMA last month.

“The company is optimistic that the remainder of its employees will return to work soon, especially as its offer of a 7 per cent across the board annual wage increase remains on the table,” said Hendricks. She added that productivity changes implemented at Coca-Cola have all been made in an effort to mitigate the effects of a particularly difficult operating environment. “Where we have introduced changes to the shift system, we have consulted with the affected parties in advance and offered reasonable alternative positions to those who wished not to work a different shift.” With this, the company has apparently been able to retain jobs.

source: SA Labour News