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Strike may hurt Coca-Cola

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The supply of Coca-Cola cans might be disrupted over the festive season following the failure of a local canmaker and the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) to break a stalemate in a deadlock over remittance of R8 520 agency shop fees.

Fawu secretary-general Katishi Masemola said yesterday Coca-Cola Canners in Wadeville in Germiston were not coming to the negotiation table despite workers at the plant having embarked on a strike since November 6, to demand the remittance of the fees.

The agency shop fees are in respect of 71 workers at the plant, who are not unionised, but for which Fawu wants deductions from their salaries because they benefited from the collective bargaining of the union.

“This strike will continue indefinitely and other Coca Cola bottling companies and SABMiller may see our members embarking in sympathy strike,” he said.

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