General Industries Workers Union of South Africa

A home for the working class!

An affiliate of the South African Federation of Trade Unions

The #CloverStrike
and
International Solidarity

THE CLOVER STRIKE IN THE MEDIA

A SHORT BACKGROUND
ON THE CLOVER STRIKE

In 2019, Clover was bought out by MILCO Consortium, which is led by racist, imperialist Israel’s top manufacturer and distributor of beverages, Central Bottling Company (CBC) for R4 800 000 000!
R4.8 BILLION, yet workers are having to fight against wage slashes, retrenchments, factory closures and for decent working conditions that don’t see them:

All of this for earnings that fall so far below a living wage, workers can barely survive!

Clover is a Multibillion Rand Company and the biggest employer in the Dairy Industry in South Africa, employing approximately 9000 workers. We reject the brutalities of Clover, seemingly intent on destroying the lives and bodies of workers for profit, recklessly continuing poverty wages, and endlessly repeating its history of vicious, relentless attacks against the rights of all workers in South Africa!

#WorkersNeedWayBetter!

On the 22nd of November 2021, Clover workers organised under GIWUSA and the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) embarked on indefinite strike action against austerity, retrenchments, wage cuts and the MILCO/CBC take-over of Clover. More than four months later, the strike is ongoing, with Clover stubbornly and arrogantly refusing to meet the demands of striking workers.

We are calling for the nationalisation of Clover under democratic control and management of workers, communities and consumers. In doing so, we will defend jobs, ensure decent wages and conditions for workers, and affordable, quality dairy products for starving and poor communities.

#BoycottClover

The strike is a manifestation of the power of workers to resist poverty and exploitation under capitalism and it requires working class solidarity to be won!
This solidarity is being called for through a PUBLIC BOYCOTT OF ALL CLOVER PRODUCTS.

DONATE TO
THE CLOVER STRIKE FUND TODAY

Bank:
Nedbank
Account holder name:
General Industries Workers
Union of South Africa
Account number:
1180 111 508
Branch code:
198765
Reference:
Clover Strike Fund

THE DEMANDS OF
STRIKING CLOVER WORKERS

  1. MILCO/CBC’s disinvestment from Clover
  2. The nationalisation of Clover under democratic worker control
  3. The reinstatement of all retrenched workers and an immediate halt to all planned retrenchments
  4. Scrap and withdraw all of the R300 million austerity measures
  5. For an agreement period of one year:
  6. A 10% wage increase across the board, or a R2 000 wage adjustment, whichever is greater
  7. For the company to contribute 100% towards Medical Aid
  8. For voluntary work on Sundays and public holidays to be paid at double time
  9. A total restructuring of the Clover Provident Fund
  10. Job security- all labour broker employees must be made permanent
  11. Five hour merchandisers must be scrapped and these positions must be converted to full time. Merchandisers who work six days a week, must get one day off per month
  12. Relevant salary grading
  13. The following urgent allowances:
    • Housing allowance of R4 500
    • Transport allowance of R2 500
    • Risk allowance of R3 500
    • Cold room allowance of R2 000
    • Double deef allowance of R1 000
    • Service allowances:
      5 years = 5% increase
      10 years = 10% increase
      15 years = 15% increase
      20 years = 20% increase

SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINIANS STRUGGLING AGAINST APARTHEID ISRAEL

On the 21st of December 2021, the Palestine Solidarity Alliance published a statement in the Daily Vox in support of striking Clover Workers. Below are excerpts from the statement:

"The plight of striking workers and the Palestinian masses are sadistically entwined in the merciless arms of colonial occupiers. Now is the time to stand together by supporting the demands of striking workers..."
"Demands for better wages and working conditions are demands for families to have food on the table, spend quality time together, and dignified living conditions. Demands against factory closures are demands to restructure urban-peripheral relations in ways that do not leave former Bantustans as sites of surplus labour and extraction. The demand to nationalise MILCO is a demand for the South African government to step in to provide food security, employment, and dignity to a country with more than half its population below the poverty line and record levels of unemployment. It is a demand to kick Apartheid off its shores"

HOW THE PUBLIC CAN SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH THE CLOVER STRIKE

The #CloverStrike must be re-inforced by principled solidarity from the broader working classes, if the workers of Clover are to triumph over the exploitative, ruthless corporation. Members of the public are encouraged to display their solidarity by:

January 2022 Mass Meeting of GIWUSA and FAWU workers with
progressive organisations and Palestine solidarity formations
in solidarity with the #CloverStrike

Striking Clover workers march through the Johannnesburg city centre in January 2022 (adapted from original photo by Masego Mafata)

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