Shoprite workers to demonstrate on Friday

28 Jun 2017 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JUN (NAMPA) - Shoprite employees will stage a demonstration in Windhoek on Friday in renewed efforts to have disciplinary charges against over 100 workers dropped.
Chairperson of the Economic and Social Justice Trust (ESJT), Herbert Jauch said in a media statement on Wednesday the demonstration will take place in front of Shoprite Katutura between 13h00 and 14h00.
A petition will be handed over to the management to renew the employees’ demand for the disciplinary charges stemming from a strike in 2015, to be dropped.
“We hope that renewed pressure will help Shoprite realise that instead of further victimising workers, the company needs to take steps to improve labour relations and working conditions,” the statement reads.
The employees started striking at the end of July 2015, after Shoprite refused to negotiate on wage proposals submitted by employees in June 2015.
Over 100 workers at Shoprite in Windhoek have since been facing disciplinary charges for participating in the strike, while 176 workers in Rundu and Gobabis were dismissed.
Workers are accusing the company of ignoring wage proposals, demands for transport and housing allowances, medical aid and long service awards.
The ESJT earlier this year said workers at Shoprite earn N.dollars 1 750 per month, while supervisors receive N.dollars 2 450 without benefits.
“The workers earn very low wages and increases given locked them into being part of the ‘working poor’,” it said.
It called for the retailer to negotiate with employees in good faith.