Union to fight Pick n Pay interdict

2010-10-30 10:56

Saccawu was planning to challenge the interdict granted to Pick n Pay by the Labour Court, which allows the retailer to evict striking workers from its stores, the union said today.

“We received the court interdict and we intend putting in an urgent application to challenge it... probably in the next week or so,” SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers’ Union (Saccawu) spokesperson Mike Abrahams said.

He added that the union wanted the right to strike in stores.

The Labour Court had on Friday granted Pick n Pay the interdict after the union began a national strike following an ongoing dispute over wages and terms and conditions of employment.

The dispute had been dragging on for more than 10 months.

Pick n Pay said that the interdict was to prevent intimidation and unlawful behaviour by employees who were Saccawu members.

The union would also be restrained from encouraging and inciting its members to act unlawfully.

The interdict restricts picketing inside stores pending the determination of picketing rules by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration and prevents blocking of access or exits to stores.

Saccawu would not strike again until they were granted permission to do so by the Labour Court, Abrahams said.

“We have communicated the interdict nationally and told all workers to abide by its terms until we can challenge it,” he said.

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