Workers demand overtime, wages

2018-04-06 06:00
PHOTO: Siphelele NketoMembers of Saccawu picketing outside Shoprite Store in Kokstad.

PHOTO: Siphelele NketoMembers of Saccawu picketing outside Shoprite Store in Kokstad.

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MEMBERS of South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU) who are working at Shoprite in Kokstad joined the national two day strike by the companys’ workers on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Demands by the striking workers to their employers included that casual workers be employed permanently, late shift workers be transported home and for over time hours to be paid for.

On Wednesday, they chanted songs next to the shop under the watchful eye of security guards.

Thabiso Shasha, the SACCAWU shop-steward from Kokstad said workers who work until late are struggling to get home as they are not transported by the company.

“Workers who work overtime hours are not getting paid for extra hours and we want management to address our concerns,” said Shasha.

In a statement Shoprite confirmed the strike in some Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets across the country.

The company said it was worried about customers who would not receive adequate services from their stores during the Easter period however it would respect the rights of employees who picketed peacefully.

The company further said it would strive to keep customers’ shopping experiences as pleasant as possible under the circumstances and thanked customers for understanding.

When the Fever arrived at the shop, customers were assisted by casual staff, while some employees picketed outside the store.

Shoprite committed to holding discussions with the concerned unions to try and resolve the matter.

The Matatiele Shoprite employees also joined in the strike.

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