Shoprite/Checkers workers strike

18 Dec 2014 15:31pm
WINDHOEK, 18 DEC (NAMPA) - Several Shoprite/Checkers outlets in the capital closed their doors around midday on Thursday after employees stopped working over low wages.
Some of the affected shops were Checkers Maerua Mall, Shoprite Independence Avenue, Shoprite Katutura, Shoprite Monte Christo and Checkers Academia.
Several potential customers turned back because of the closed doors, while others were quite annoyed.
One woman publicly aired her frustrations about the inconveniences caused by this strike.
G4S security guards stood in front of the shops' doors.
This Nampa reporter was refused entry to some of the shops visited at around 11h00 this morning.
One shopper at Checkers Maerua Mall told the agency that the staff just stopped working, but she was allowed to pay for her groceries and then let out of the shop.
Efforts to get comment from the Shoprite/Checkers head office in Windhoek proved futile.
A person who answered the phone in that office said she was not permitted to speak to the media.
Staff of the Shoprite Independence Avenue outlet carried placards reading, amongst others: “A hungry worker is an angry worker”; “Shoprite is failing to pay us, and Government is doing nothing”.
However, as luck would have it, some street vendors in the shops’ vicinity capitalised on the strike, and sold their goods more than usual.
By 15h00, Checkers Academia had resumed business.