EFF aims to force stores to make temps permanent

2015-09-14 12:44
Pick and#039;n Pay security guards form a barrier to keep EFF members from entering the Langalibalele Street Pick and#039;n Pay on Saturday.
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Pick and#039;n Pay security guards form a barrier to keep EFF members from entering the Langalibalele Street Pick and#039;n Pay on Saturday. PHOTO: chelsea pieterse

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Pietermaritzburg - Members of the EFF stormed the Langalibalele Street Pick n Pay on Saturday in an effort to get the chain store to employ staff “permanently and not temporarily”.

A group of around 30 EFF members holding banners and signs marched into Pietermaritzburg’s Capital Centre on Saturday afternoon to hand over a memorandum and ultimatum to the Pick n Pay. Security guards for the store lined the entrance and prevented the singing crowd from entering the shop.

A scuffle between EFF members and security guards ensued when the EFF tried to force their way inside and the shop’s doors were closed for around 10 minutes.

EFF MPL Vukani Ndlovu said they marched to the store to hand over a letter to management about their use of “cheap labour”.

“We have realised that Pick n Pay uses 60% cheap labour. They use many temporary employees but will not employ them permanently,” he said.

“If you have employed someone for three months, they should become permanent but instead, all the temporary employees are being rotated and paid less. The letter gives Pick n Pay between three and four weeks to correct this and if they have not we will come back and close it down,” he said.

Ndlovu said they would also be focussing their attention on Checkers and other supermarkets in the next few weeks to come and would be giving them a similar ultimatum. Pick n Pay and Capital Centre were unable to comment by the time of going to print on Sunday.

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