ABI strike28 December 2009
Members of FAWU (the Food and Allied Worker’s
This follows further negotiations on 24 December 2009 between ABI and the union. ABI is offering a wage and benefits increase of 8.3%, which exceeds government forecasts for inflation. The union is continuing to demand a 9.5% wage increase. ABI is expecting a formal response from the union to the latest discussions on Tuesday, 29 December, 2009
With this being the busiest trading weeks in the year for ABI, the management team has put in place strong contingency plans to ensure the least amount of disruption to the business. The majority of stock has already been moved into the trade and much of the distribution is run through owner run outlets, which are not affected. All of our manufacturing plants are operating and stock is being supplied to our customers without interruption. We do not anticipate a shortage of cooldrinks over the busy New Year period.
ABI has received strong support from non-striking employees and most sales and distribution sites are not participating in the strike. The total number of unionised employees at work on 28 December was estimated at 74%. In the majority of sites we are happy to say that the strike was handled in a professional and congenial manner. Unfortunately, some union members in a limited number of sites have undertaken the illegal action of intimidating non-striking employees. ABI has increased security precautions that will ensure that all employees are safe and free to enjoy their right to work and to support their families. ABI is actively seeking evidence of such illegal activity and will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.
ABI is keeping all customers informed of updates and will be doing everything in its power to ensure minimal disruption. All customer orders have been met and ABI has enjoyed a record sales week, despite the strike action.