Woolworths concerned about safety

By Drum Digital
06 October 2014

Woolworths has expressed concern about the safety of its customers and employees following claims of abuse by Boycott, Divest and Sanctions in SA activists.

Woolworths has expressed concern about the safety of its customers and employees following claims of abuse by Boycott, Divest and Sanctions in SA (BDS) activists, it said on Monday.

"Our employees of all faiths and cultures tell us that they are feeling increasingly threatened by the protests in and around some of our stores," it said in a statement.

"What's more, the families of our employees have reported being abused and sworn at by BDS activists."

Security had been increased at stores and the retailer would consider taking legal action against the individuals involved should the abuse continue.

"As much as BDS have the right to protest, our employees also have the basic right to work and our customers have the right to shop without feeling intimidated and abused by protesters."

BDS initiated a campaign to boycott Woolworths over its trade relations with Israel following the war in Gaza.

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