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cloverANA reports that the General Industrial Workers Union of SA (Giwusa) on Monday announced that it would be embarking on a national strike against Clover over a wage dispute.  The union also called for the boycott of the dairy manufacturer’s products.  

Giwusa’s Charles Phahla said Clover wanted its workers to bear the financial burden brought on by Covid-19 by refusing to implement a mandatory wage increase.  Apparently, Clover had cited the pandemic as the main cause for its failure to implement the increase.  But, Phahla pointed out that Clover did not stop its operations during the lockdown and workers risked their lives to provide essential goods.  He claimed that only after the matter was reported to the CCMA did Clover offer a 3% increase.  Clover chief executive Johann Vorster denied that claim, saying that Clover offered a 5% increase in July, which was rejected.  Vorster said although their operations did not come to a halt when the country entered the lockdown in March, they incurred additional expenses as a result of the Covid-19 health regulations.  This included the protection of employees and stakeholders.  Vorster said contingencies had been put into place to limit the effect of the protest action on Clover’s operations.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard on page 12 of Business Report of 14 October 2020

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