Beer lovers rejoice: SABMiller strike ends

The agreement brings an end to the Food and Allied Workers Union’s five-week long strike.

The agreement brings an end to the Food and Allied Workers Union’s five-week long strike.

JOHANNESBURG - SABMiller on Tuesday announced a wage settlement with more than 2,000 striking employees.

This brings an end to the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu)'s five-week long strike .

SABMiller says the deal amounts to a wage increase of seven percent, bringing the average monthly pay to just over R18,000.

Spokesperson Robyn Chalmers says the company is "very pleased".

"We'll now focus on welcoming those employees who went out on strike back to work, ensuring that we fully normalise our operations and begin developing our future relationships with these unions."

SABMiller domestic unit head Mauricio Leyva says, "I was proud of the resilience of the majority of our employees during this difficult period. They worked together to ensure the impact on our operations was minimised."

Fawu was initially demanding a 9.5 percent wage hike and for the company to do away with performance-related pay.

Earlier this week, Chalmers said the strike had not severely affected output and would not hit supplies over the festive season.