Picket over compensation

Former employees pickets outside Newlands Breweries. Photo: Nomzamo Yuku
Former employees pickets outside Newlands Breweries. Photo: Nomzamo Yuku

Newlands SA Breweries is expected to engage with a picketing group of their former employees today (Wednesday 3 October).

Singing struggle songs, over 50 picketers marched from Main Road, Claremont to the entrance of the brewery in Newlands at 11:00.

There was no violence involved, however, protestors refused to leave the spot when police tried to remove them, reportedly because the protestors were blocking the facility’s entrance. Officers at the scene refused to comment and left the picketers after their unsuccessful attempt.

Picketers waited more than an hour for the company’s representatives to attend to them.

These picketers claim that the company failed to compensate them following a massive retrenchment in early the 2000s and say their attempts to communicate with the company has 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.

Azure Janneker, the brewery's media relations and crisis communications manager, says: "This is a historical matter brought to the attention of SAB by a group of former brewery employees relating to their retrenchment from the organisation in the early 2000s. It relates to a case against SAB before the labour court dating back to 2001."

Janneker adds that a settlement was reached with a union that represented the employees at the time.

Peter Pama, one of the former employees, says they did not receive any compensation and they want proof if the company says a settlement was reached and payments were made. He says they feel manipulated and cheated because they invested years working for the company and “got nothing” in the end.

Watch them picket in the video below:

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