On Tuesday, about 70 Clover workers went on a protest march through the inner city of Johannesburg, calling on the public to boycott Clover products. they
As many as a dozen workers from various unions marched from the offices of the Commission for Conciliation and Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in Marshalltown, Iowa, toward downtown. Stores were raided, and the Clover items were removed from the shelves and placed in shopping carts as a result.
Martin Ledwaba, a GIWUSA shop steward, said, "We want consumers to avoid purchasing Clover products until the firm accepts our demands."
It has now reached its ninth week of a walkout by Clover employees, and workers insist they will not rest until their demands are granted. A halt to layoffs and the immediate reinstatement of all employees are among their top demands. CBC (Israel's Central Bottling Company) owns Clover through the Milco SA consortium, although they want their company to be self-sufficient as well.
Overdue incentives will be paid on Friday, 14 January, after workers reached an agreement with Clover at the CCMA. According to some, they weren't paid in full.
No one has ever paid us what we were promised, even though it was our pay. I expect to receive R12,000, not the R400 they deposited, as an R12,000-a-year earner "worker at the Clover factory in City Deep, Justice Mokoting
Security guards in Marshalltown tried to stop the workers from entering the store when they arrived, but they were outnumbered.
One worker told a security guard, "We are not here to rob, we just want to take the Clover items from the shelf."
Clover's decision to restructure came as a result of a thorough strategic examination of every facet of the company." Clover said it had investigated "all feasible avenues" to minimise retrenchments.
General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) called on affiliate unions to support GIWUSA and FAWU as they ramp up their strike. During a media briefing in Johannesburg on Monday, he said SAFTU would conduct a working class movement meeting to "look at solidarity plans and elaborate a further agenda" on Wednesday.
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