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SAB workers face the axe

2012-07-14 09:00

Johannesburg - The Food and Allied Workers' Union (Fawu) is concerned at a plan by SA Breweries (SAB) to dismiss 300 staff members, it said on Friday.

The SAB had served the union with a notice to consult in contemplation of the dismissals, said union spokesperson Dominique Swartz. "This has already sowed disbelief and shock among our members, who were informed at plant level since June 27," she said.

Swartz said the union was viewing this as an attempt by SAB to deviate focus from the current stalling and hostile wage negotiations.

"The way the notice has been issued goes against the norms and shocked our members as we regarded SAB as a growing and profitable business," she said.

The union said SAB was taking advantage of the current high unemployment rate and intended using cheap, outsourced labour.

"We will do all we can to save the jobs of our members and [will] engage with them further on Monday," she said.

SAB spokeswoman Robyn Chalmers confirmed that about 285 people, predominantly from support functions, may be retrenched.

She said the company was implementing the next phase of its capability programme to ensure that it had the right skills, resources and experience to deliver on its business strategy.

"The programme was introduced in March to ensure a streamlined and efficient business. The aim was to identify positions that may have become redundant, where work was being duplicated as well as capability gaps that needed to be filled," she said.

"Initially 71 employees were retrenched and the review has continued looking particularly at ways to free up internal resources to allow for a greater focus on market-facing activities."

Chalmers said that those staff members not employed in other positions within the company would be assisted in applying for other jobs.

Comments
  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-07-14 09:50

    When you drive up the road, and there is a group of workers doing maintnance, it seems there are always one or two working, with the others looking on. I call them "clappers" because they seem to serve no other purpose. streamlining operations essentially cuts out the dead wood and increases productivity, and maybe the money saved will enable SAB to pay the increases demanded, which no doubt are way above the inflation rate.

      roxy.kirsten - 2012-07-14 10:24

      Sharon, obviously you have never had a family member retrenched. SAB is making a profit. They are only retrenching workers so that the board of directors can get their huge bonuses at the end of the year. As usual, someone promised them huge savings by these retrenchments and they go along with it.Previously it ended up a disaster, when they outsourced their fleet management to Kelley, an American company who failed to deliver what was promised. In the end, they had to get rid of Kelley and re-hire people who they retrenched. These new wave of retrenchments are unfair and comes from a company who proclaims that their people are their greatest asset.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-14 12:06

      Yes get rid of the non essentials and pass the saving onto the consumers.

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-07-14 12:35

      @Sharon-Productivity can be described as a measure of the efficiency of production, meaning efficient itilisation of your input (raw material) human resource (labour) output (product). This action by SAB might work against them as it might de-motivate their main asset in this process which is their work force. I think you'll agree with me that you wouldn't be content in an enviroment you know you might be disposeed of any minute and that leads to a drop in productivity.

      Preshen - 2012-07-14 14:33

      They will not be able to say: ” I’ll drink to that”

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-07-14 10:34

    This company makes billions in profit, it's wrong to retrench staff , in today's economic climate they ruining the lives of people who have been dedicated to them.

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-07-14 13:04

    @sharon I guess you have never done economics please go back then you can post comments about joblosses and productivity

  • chanki.modise - 2012-07-14 14:55

    Continuous improvement i guess the only people who suffer in process are unskill people.Cos most companys are move away from using human resources bt more in technology.its reality we are facing this days we rather adapt before it before its too late

  • chanki.modise - 2012-07-14 14:55

    Continuous improvement i guess the only people who suffer in process are unskill people.Cos most companys are move away from using human resources bt more in technology.its reality we are facing this days we rather adapt before it before its too late

  • chanki.modise - 2012-07-14 14:55

    Continuous improvement i guess the only people who suffer in process are unskill people.Cos most companys are move away from using human resources bt more in technology.its reality we are facing this days we rather adapt before it before its too late

  • chanki.modise - 2012-07-14 14:55

    Continuous improvement i guess the only people who suffer in process are unskill people.Cos most companys are move away from using human resources bt more in technology.its reality we are facing this days we rather adapt before it before its too late

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