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SABMiller staff return to work

SABMiller staff have returned to work after receiving a 7 percent wage increase.

SABMiller staff have returned to work after receiving a 7 percent wage increase.

JOHANNESBURG - Striking workers at SABMiller are back at work this morning after an agreement was reached between the company and the Food and Allied Workers' Union (Fawu).

On Tuesday, SABMiller announced a wage settlement with more than 2,000 striking staff, ending more than five weeks of industrial action.

The global brewer says the deal amounts to a wage increase of seven percent plus performance related pay, back dated to July.

SABMiller's Robyn Chalmers says, "We'll now focus on welcoming those employees who went out on strike back to work, ensuring that we fully normalise our operations."

At the same time, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) says its members at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will continue striking until their demands are met.

On Tuesday, the union disputed claims by the regulatory body that employees are on a go slow and that staff have completely abandoned their posts.

Icasa employees around the country went on strike last week, demanding the immediate payment of their annual bonuses.

The union's Kolekile Stofile says, "Icasa council is meeting and they promised that they're going to be dealing with our demands. After their meeting they will tell us exactly what's happening going forward. There's no one working at the moment."