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Sugar workers demand ‘meaningful offer’ ahead of strike over salaries

Fawu's announced that around 1,000 of its members employed across eight sugar farms in KwaZulu-Natal are preparing to strike.

Picture: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - The KwaZulu-Natal Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) says the days of not affording employees working benefits must end.

Fawu says workers must be treated with dignity and respect to improve their quality of life.

Fawu's announced that around 1,000 of its members employed across eight sugar farms in KwaZulu-Natal are preparing to strike over salaries this week.

It says eight employers from Illovo sugar farms have failed to meet their demands.

Some of the demands include a 10% wage increase, a provident fund for seasonal and full-time workers and protective clothing for employees.

The union’s general secretary Katishi Masemola said: “The strike can be averted if the employer comes back with a meaningful offer. We need to treat workers as human beings and extend the necessary benefits to them so that their quality of life can improve as well.”

Fawu says they have had about five meetings with employers over the past month under the facilitation of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)