THE strike at SA Breweries across South Africa is affecting Ibhayi Breweries in Port Elizabeth.
Food and Allied Workers' Union deputy general secretary Moleko Phakedi said yesterday key staff members were taking part in the national strike, which started on Monday.
"The Ibhayi breweries will not be running smoothly, since many of our members are striking in Port Elizabeth," Phakedi said.
SAB spokeswoman Robyn Chalmers said a strike was always challenging. SAB hasoffered a 7% average wage increase which will increase the average monthly pay for shift workers by R1196 to R18283.
"The 7% increase to R18283 compares favourably with other sectors. The average remuneration across all sectors is R4773 and the average bargaining unit salary in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods sector is R9600," SAB Human Resources director Yokesh Maharaj said.
Maharaj said SAB believed a 7% increase was highly competitive since it was above inflation and came off a high base.
"SAB is one of the highest paying employers across all sectors, and one of the highest in the brewing industry worldwide," he said.