Former employees’ battle continues

2018-11-13 06:01
The former employees during their picket last month. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

The former employees during their picket last month. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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The outcome of the cries of former SAB Newlands Brewery employees is still
unclear.

Representatives of the employees informed People’s Post that the company has agreed to sit with them to try and find solutions to their grievances.

According to Peter Pama, the brewery has asked them to produce their documents, including proof of employment and copies of identity documents.

“What is confusing us is that they have given us conditions, which we disagree with. They told us they do not want out representative, Shaheed Mahomed. He has been with us through this, we will not be manipulated now. At the moment we are busy collecting the documents they required from us and we call on everyone else that has not come forward to join us. We are waiting for them to give us a date for the meeting and we will only know then what the next step is.”

This comes a month after their picket outside the brewery on Wednesday 3 October (“Picket over compensation”, People’s Post, 3 October).

The picketers claim that the company failed to compensate them following a massive retrenchment in the early 2000s and say their attempts to communicate with the company have fallen on deaf ears. The former employees say they won their case in the labour court and the ruling stated that they should be paid.

Mahomed says former employees have also formed an unclaimed benefit campaign calling on others from other companies to join in.

By the time of going to print, Azure Janneker, the brewery’s media relations and crisis communications manager, had not responded to questions sent to her to confirm the reports.

The former employees have received an invitation from a law firm to assist them on a contingency basis and they have indicated their interest in and appreciation for the help. However, the two have not reached a conclusive agreement yet.

“They will decide later if they are taking the lawyers,” explains
Mahomed.

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