Black Friday: Business as usual at Massmart stores - despite strike

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Some of Massmart's workers took to the streets on Friday.
Some of Massmart's workers took to the streets on Friday.
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Retail chain owner Massmart says all its stores are fully staffed and customers are continuing with their shopping on Black Friday, despite a strike by employees.

The group’s stores include Makro, Game, Cambridge Food and Builders Warehouse. Last week, the South African Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union's (Saccawu) members began their strike, but only a limited number of them participated.

On Friday, the strike continued with the support of Cosatu, but despite the trade union federation's Twitter page showing a number of its Massmart members in the streets, the retailer said it has been business as usual at its stores. 

"Despite today's pre-planned march that Saccawu announced last Tuesday, Massmart stores are fully staffed, well patronised by customers and continue to operate smoothly," said Massmart’s senior vice-president for group corporate affairs, Brian Leroni, in a statement on Friday.

The strike action follows Massmart’s retrenchment of 335 employees at its Game stores earlier this year. Saccawu has previously said it also had an issue with the salaries and working conditions at Massbuild, under which Builders Warehouse, Builders Express, Builders Trade Depot and Builders Superstore fall.

The retailer has managed to continue with its month-long "Black November" special at its stores, despite the strike.

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