SABMiller strike intensifies

The brewer is ensuring consumers will still get their beer during the strike.

SABMiller assures that contingency plans are in place to ensure there are beer shortages.

JOHANNESBURG - SABMiller has moved to assure the public that contingency plans are in place to ensure there is no shortage of beer while its staff plan to intensify their industrial action.

The Food and Allied Workers' Union (Fawu) is expected to mobilise other employees at different divisions to join the strike for a nine percent salary increase today while the employer maintains its offer of seven percent.

But striking workers rejected the latest seven percent wage offer.

Members are also protesting a new performance-related payment system.

Fawu is calling for the system to be scrapped altogether, saying it believes its members deserve more money.

The union represents about 1,000 employees.

SABMiller's Robyn Chalmers said, "There's obviously been an impact in terms of the smooth running of the operation. It's tough at the moment but we are ensuring that we're getting our booze out."

On Wednesday night, President Jacob Zuma called on business and labour to resolve disputes faster so the economy can return to full production.