The Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) on Wednesday threw its weight behind a pro-Palestinian lobby group fighting an Israeli-led consortium's proposed bid to buy Clover. Palestine solidarity organisation BDS South Africa (BDS) is fiercely opposed to MilCo’s plans to buy the dairy and beverages maker and has threatened a boycott of Clover products. BDS’s outrage prompted the consortium's local partner Brimstone to review its participation in the transaction, which will culminate in Clover’s delisting from the JSE. Brimstone’s about-turn on the transaction followed a meeting the investment group held with BDS last week. In a statement on Wednesday, Fawu expressed its support for the pro-Palestinian group.. The trade union cited the Israeli origins of the consortium’s lead partner, Central Bottling Company (CBC). FAWU said, in addition to CBC’s Israeli origins, it was also concerned about food sovereignty and job losses. “It has been a long-standing principle of ours that anything ...

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