Shoprite/Checkers group to down tools
Written by Keshia Jansen on December 22, 2017
Members of the South African Commercial‚ Catering and Allied Workers Union and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Saccawu) from Shoprite/Checkers outlets across South Africa are expected to go on strike on Friday, one of the busiest days in the retail industry.
According to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), to which Saccwu is a member of, more than 30 000 workers are expected to down tools.
Cosatu has announced that it fully supports the decision by Saccawu workers to embark on this protected strike.
It is understood that the workers are demanding an adjustment of the newly implemented working hours they are forced to adhere to, as well as the reinstatement of Sandton Checker’s employees who were dismissed for protesting against these changes.
Workers are also demanding that the group provide safe transport for those who work night shifts.
Lastly, workers are demanding that the working hours for part-time workers be set at a guaranteed minimum, thereby putting an end to the reduction of working hours regularly experienced.
Cosatu has urged workers to “vote with their feet and rebuke the retailer for treating workers like glorified slaves.”
The Shoprite group has issued a statement saying that it respects the decision taken by workers.
“The Group is disappointed that customers may not experience the service the Group would like to deliver in the height of the Festive Season, but it respects the rights of employees to protest in a peaceful and lawful manner,” the statement reads.
The group also announced that it has put contingency plans in place to allow for ‘normal trading.’