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Pretoria Bargaining Council for Food retail, Restaurants, Catering and Allied Trades – Northern Region

 1 August 2013

Pretoria Bargaining Council for Food retail, Restaurants, Catering and Allied Trades

This Bargaining Council cover more than 15 000 workers in its scope, with SACCAWU having 10 000 members. There are three Unions representing workers covered by this Council. These Unions have formed a joint co-ordinating committee that will lead and guide this strike and all three Unions will be participating in this strike including other unions which do not participate in this Bargaining Council.

This Bargaining Council covers about 200 establishments with outlets like; Wimpy, Nando’s, Pie City, Romans Pizzas, Fedics, King Pie, Chicken Licken, KFC, Compass group and others. In the run-up to the decision to strike regular meetings were called and after the deadlock at the Council and on obtaining of a certificate to embark on protected industrial action the workers decided to embark on a protest march in Pretoria on Friday the 2nd of August 2013. The march will start at 11h00, from Schubart park at the corner of Schubart and Proes streets and proceeds to the Bargaining Council situated in MBA building in Church street, between Beatrix and Hamilton streets where the memorandum of demands will be delivered at 13h00.

Three unions will convene an assessment meeting after this march and decide on a way forward depending on the attitude of the employers. It is expected that the majority of our members and those of the other Unions will join this action. In this sector, the minimum wage is R2 169, while the average wage is R2 509.

Workers demand a 12% adjustment on the current minimum salaries and 10% across the board increase for those earning above the current minimum salaries. Other key demands placed before the Council and that form part of this dispute are; improved hourly rates for Sunday and Public Holiday work, paid sick leave for casual workers, annual bonus and family responsibility leave, and the scrapping of independent waitron category, the abolishment of using labour broking and the conversion of these category of work to full-time position.

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