Cosatu calls for Pick n Pay boycott

2010-10-29 12:21

Cosatu has called for a boycott of retailer Pick n Pay in solidarity with the strike by the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers’ Union.

Cosatu today pledged its “total support” for the 27 000 workers on strike at Pick n Pay outlets countrywide.

“Cosatu calls on all its members and all customers to boycott the company’s stores until a settlement of the strike has been reached.”

Pick n Pay and other dominant companies in the retail sector paid their top executives massive salaries and bonuses, yet tried to keep their employees on “poverty wages” using casualisation to undermine workers’ solidarity, Cosatu claimed.

The boycott would last until the company provided an acceptable wage settlement.

In response, operations director at Pick n Pay retail Neal Quirk said: “We are aware of this call by Cosatu and believe it’s their democratic right to do this.”

The strike began today with protest marches in nine cities.

Workers want a R500 increase or 12% – whichever was greater. Casual workers want a guarantee to work a minimum of 120 hours a month.

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