US union BACKS coke strikers

AN AMERICAN union, Service Employees International Union, has lent its support to the striking Coca-Cola Amalgamated Beverages Industries employees.

AN AMERICAN union, Service Employees International Union, has lent its support to the striking Coca-Cola Amalgamated Beverages Industries employees.

The strike at ABI entered its 48th day yesterday. The Fawu is still holding talks with ABI management.

The SEIU issued a statement yesterday in support of workers at ABI who are part of the Fawu strike.

Workers have been losing out on pay for the past five weeks as the no work, no pay rule applies.

The SEIU president Andy Stern and secretary-treasurer Anna Burger of the 2,2million member trade union in North America said: "We stand together with our brothers and sisters of the Food and Allied Workers' Union in South Africa who, for five weeks, have been on strike protesting Coca-Cola ABI's ongoing practice of eroding workers' conditions and benefits through labour-broking and the use of short-term contracts.

"We call on Coca-Cola ABI to pay the 9,5percent wage increase demanded by its workers and to cease their efforts to undermine workers' conditions."

With members in Canada, the US and Puerto Rico, the SEIU is the fastest-growing union in America. A delegation from the SEIU were in the country last week.

While here, Stern, Berger and other officials also met President Jacob Zuma.

Meanwhile, ABI has only offered an 8,3percent total package increase or an actual salary increase of 7,8percent, arguing that their employees are already some of the highly paid in the industry. - I-Net Bridge

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