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Protest over labour brokers in Pretoria

2010-11-26 14:32

Pretoria - About 1 500 Saccawu members took the streets of Pretoria on Friday, protesting over labour brokers and demanding centralised bargaining within the retail sector.

Wearing their SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers’ Union T-shirts, protesters planned to voice their grievances at the post office, the labour department and Shoprite Checkers supermarket on Van Der Walt street.

Tshwane metro police officers cordoned off some streets to make way for the union and kept a watchful eye on the marchers. Some of the placards that workers carried read: "Post office uses us like condoms" and "Zim dollar is better than my hourly rate".

Another read: "Yes to centralised bargaining and no walmartisation".

This was in reference to the world's biggest retailer Walmart Stores, which recently expressed an interest in buying a large share in local retailer Massmart.

Unions are opposed to the American company, saying its presence in any community was only beneficial to its shareholders.

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has set up a panel to advise government on the likely implications of the bid.

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