Government's fault or 'bullying' — Eight reactions to SAB suspending 550 employee contracts
DA leader John Steenhuisen was one of many who reacted to the news that SA Breweries (SAB) has suspended the contracts of more than 500 temporary workers due to the ongoing ban on the sales and distribution of alcohol.
At the weekend, SAB told BusinessLIVE the contracts of 550 temporary workers were suspended with immediate effect while the ban continues.
Affected staff received their last payment on Friday and will receive no income during the suspension of their contracts, including from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) as they are contract workers.
“The third alcohol ban resulted in reduced demand for temporary workers’ skills. This is no fault of their own but rather a result of the current operating environment,” said SAB vice-president of corporate affairs Zoleka Lisa.
“We realise the impact this decision will have on 550 families who will sadly have to go without because of the uncertainty of the alcohol ban.”
The move comes a week after SAB cancelled a further R2.5bn investment reserved for this year.
SAB is the maker of Carling Black Label and Castle Lite beer, among other alcoholic beverages.
It first cancelled R2.5bn of planned expenditure after a second alcohol ban was imposed last year.
The cancelled investments were for upgrades to operating facilities, product innovation and new equipment at selected plants.
550 more families are losing incomes
Reacting to the news of contracts being suspended, Steenhuisen said the move was the government’s fault.
“Absolutely terrible that 550 more families are losing their income because the government’s spectacularly incompetent fumbling of vaccine acquisition leaves job-destroying, growth-killing lockdowns and bans as the only tool they have,” he said.
Absolutely terrible that 550 more families are losing their income because the governments spectacularly incompetent fumbling of vaccine acquisition leaves job-destroying, growth -killing lockdowns and bans as the only tool they have. https://t.co/RWupyItuuh— John Steenhuisen MP (@jsteenhuisen) January 24, 2021
On social media, many users said the ban needs to be lifted before it is too late to save the economy.
Here is a snapshot of some of the reactions:
‘Lift the ban before it’s too late’
Lift the ban before its too late....— LaMount Dee (@LamountDee) January 24, 2021
More than 500 SAB staff received their last pay cheque on Friday after the company suspended their employment due to the ban on the sale of alcohol, a restriction that continues to claim casualties across the sector. pic.twitter.com/bw5e6G2kyY
‘SAB is sending a message to government’
‘SAB is tired of lobbying and playing nice’
‘Consumers of alcohol should take the blame for these job losses’
Consumers of alcohol should take a blame for these job losses. If we were all buying and drinking at home, booze would still be in sale and people would still be having their jobs. That's a fact. We misbehave and blame Govt when they take stunts to save lives. Nonsense, Man Up— Mduduzi Hadebe 🇿🇦™ (@macmonate) January 24, 2021
‘More people unemployed’
The plan was executed and it is successful. Getting more people unemployed and destroying small businesses in the process is the plan and it's working. More and more people are now dependent on government hand-outs. Destroying the big ones and the small ones fold automatically— 🅷🅰🆁🆁🆈 🆂🅼🅸🆃🅷 🔰 (@Ghost_Android) January 24, 2021
‘Shouldn’t we have a better plan without killing the economy?’
Who is going to pay for this one? Honestly shouldn't we have a better plan to deal with these waves and new Covid19 variants without killing the economy. Why dont we strictly sell this left over stock online? Cant we be more creative— Honorable Motloung (@999tts) January 24, 2021
‘They will be forced to join Sassa queues’
550 without a job will now be forced to join the SASSA queues where no COVID protocols are observed. Likely to contract COVID in a SASSA queue than in a normal work environment with controls in place.— Mr H (@hshihlomule) January 24, 2021
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