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Robertson Winery, union at loggerheads over wage hike

Th winery says its will do its best to ensure stock doesn’t run out as the strike goes on.

Picture: robertsonwinery.co.za.

CAPE TOWN - An agricultural union has accused Robertson Winery's management of intransigence.

Wage talks between the Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union and the winery have deadlocked.

The union is demanding a 57 percent pay hike, while management is offering eight percent.

More than 200 workers affiliated to the union have been on strike since last week.

The union's Trevor Christian says the company rejected their meeting request.

"The union has been prepared to sit for two days. We have asked them if we could sit on Monday to bring in experts to sit with parties for solutions, but the company has rejected this."

However, the winery's Anton Cilliers has rubbished claims that's they are not willing to resume with negotiations.

While the strike affects wine production, Cilliers says they will do their best to ensure stock doesn't run out as the strike goes on.

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