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Coca-Cola keen to end casual workers' strike

By unknown | May 08, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

Management of Coca-Cola Fortune in Mpumalanga believe the ongoing strike by temporary workers who want to be employed on a permanent basis will soon be resolved.

Since last Thursday, about 90 temporary workers at the company in Nelspruit embarked on an illegal strike after the company allegedly cancelled their fixed contracts, resulting in reduced pay.

Coca-Cola human resource manager Mandla Gama said yesterday the strike was illegal but that all permanent employees had continued to work.

"Disruption to manufacturing and distribution has been limited but we are encouraged by the positive spirit displayed by all parties during the negotiations.

"We believe that the issue will be resolved shortly," said Gama.

He said management had a number of meetings with representatives of the striking workers since they embarked on the strike.

"The employees have tabled a number of issues that are under consideration."

The workers said they wanted to be recognised and be reverted to fixed contracts so that "we can earn better wages and be allowed to join a union".

They said the cancellation of the fixed contracts was a blow because in the past workers were paid for reporting for duty, even when there was no work on a particular day.


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