Over 3,500 employees at SABMiller Plc’s Amalgamated Beverage Industries unit in South Africa have gone on strike over pay, a trade union has said.
The Food and Allied Workers’ Union said that the workers at the unit are asking for a 9.5 per cent pay increase, 1.7 per cent higher than that offered by the company.
More workers are set to join the strike and will bring the total number of strikers to 4,500.
On December 9th, the Food and Allied Workers’ Union announced that it had rejected a transaction proposed by SABMiller. It said that “in value terms it is a disappointing initiative in that the employee share stake (ESOP) portion of the transaction will perpetuate inequalities within SAB”.
In mid-December SABMiller announced that its Ugandan subsidiary, Nile Breweries, is to build a US $16 million (£10 million) malting plant in Jinja. Construction is to begin next month and will be completed by the end of 2010.