Store workers on strike

2018-05-11 06:00
Workers picket outside the store.PHOTO:Supplied

Workers picket outside the store.PHOTO:Supplied

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MEMBERS of the South African Commercial, Catering, and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu)working at the Umzimkhulu Superspar have downed tools for better wages since April 23. Shopsteward, Bekezela Qhiya accused management of unequal treatment among workers. Qhiya said that some workers are treated unfairly while others lived a luxury life.

“The strike we have entered into is protected by the SAPS and 90% of workers are Saccawu members,” said Qhiya.

Qhiya said that management agreed to give workers a 5% increment by March but none has been forthcoming. Qhiya further alleged that two workers were recently unfairly dismissed from work and demanded that management reinstate them. “Management did not give us the right answers when we tried to engage with them,” said Qhiya.

When the Fever contacted the store manager about the allegations that were made by workers, he refused to comment saying that their head office was responsible for media enquires.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) said that they had a large number of members who worked at the store. Ntlahla Zungu from the SACP and
Thembisile Hani district secretary said that they had tried to meet with store management, however, they [store management] refused to honour the scheduled meetings.

“Our aim is to bring peace between workers and management. We are not going to stop fighting for workers,” said Zungu. Attempts were made to get comment from the store’s head office, however none was forthcoming at print deadline.

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