Shoprite dismisses claims workers won’t be allowed to vote

2014-05-05 17:38

The Shoprite Group has dismissed claims that it would deny workers the right to vote on Wednesday.

“The Shoprite Group respects the constitutional right of every South African to vote in elections,” spokesperson Sarita van Wyk said today.

“Those staff members who are scheduled to work on May 7 have been scheduled in such a manner that will allow them the opportunity to vote either in the morning before the start of their shift, or in the afternoon, after they have worked their shift.”

Van Wyk said if employees scheduled to work on Wednesday had a problem, they should approach their line manager so the matter could be resolved.

She was responding to a statement by the Hotel, Liquor, Catering, Commercial and Allied Workers Union of SA (Hotelicca), claiming the group had denied workers the opportunity to vote.

Van Wyk said Hotelicca did not have check-off facilities with Shoprite or Checkers.

“We therefore do not know if any of their members are employed by the supermarket group,” she said.

She said the recognised union at the group was the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union.

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