Tills quit ringing at retail stores
Christmas shoppers planning to push trollies loaded with essential needs and other items will on Friday return home empty-handed as tills at one the major retail stores countrywide jam.
More than 30 000 workers at Shoprite Checkers and its subsidiaries including OK Furniture and Shoprite Liquor are expected to embark on one day protected strike in protest against poor working conditions.
Irate employees are members of the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU), affiliated to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
COSATU said in a statement on Thursday it completely bolster the arranged one day protected strike by more than 30 000 SACCAWU members working for Shoprite Checkers country-wide.
COSATU National Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said the workers request a prompt end and inversion of the one-sided changes to working hours; including the reinstatement of Sandton Checker’s employees in Johannesburg who were in this manner expelled for challenging the progressions. The workers also demand provision and payment of safe transport for workers who work night shifts, an immediate end to the reduction of working hours for part-time workers and guaranteed number of minimum working hours for part-time.
“The union will be holding various marches and protests in various towns all across the country on the same day,” said Pamla.
He said federation calls for solidarity action from other workers and shoppers on the day of the strike.
“Shoprite customers should vote with their feet and rebuke the retailer for treating workers like glorified slaves,” added Pamla