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Sun Oct 23 03:23:05 SAST 2016

Striking workers burn tyres outside tobacco company

Kingdom Mabuza | 19 October, 2016 12:20
Workers have been on strike since last month after management offered them an 8% increase against their 10% demand. File photo
Image by: AFP Relaxnews

Striking workers at Philip Morris International‚ a tobacco company‚ have blocked the main road leading to the company’s factory in Boksburg with burning tyres on Wednesday.

They are also demanding that management should revert to an old arrangement which allowed sales representatives to have the option of purchasing company cars which are four years old or have clocked 180 000km.

They accuse management of slapping them with cellphone bills of up to R12 000 when they resign from the company.

Their anger is further fuelled by management refusal to recognise their union‚ the Amalungelo Workers Union (AWU).

Management has also been accused of selectively awarding 13th cheques to senior managers at the expense of the entire workforce.

Workers refused to identify themselves and referred TMG Digital to their union representative‚ Daniel Maluleke‚ who was not immediately available to comment.

They denied that they held colleagues who continued to work hostage.

Attempts to get comment from the company was unsuccessful.

  • Philip Morris South Africa's brands include Marlboro and Chesterfield.

The company also manufactures pipe tobacco brands Boxer and Best Blend.

Established in 2003‚ the company states on its website that it employs over 600 people across five locations.

– TMG Digital



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