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DisChemANA reports that the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw) said on Friday that it was currently preparing for a strike at Dis-Chem Pharmacies across the country over the recognition of its organisational rights.  

The Cosatu affiliate said part of the action would take place at the Dis-Chem warehouse in Midrand, Johannesburg.  The strike is expected to begin at 5am on Wednesday.  According to the union, Dis-Chem has refused to grant it organisational rights in terms of section 21 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA).  The dispute was referred for conciliation to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in December 2017, but the matter remained unresolved. A certificate of non-resolution concerning organisational rights was then issued by the CCMA commissioner.  “This gives our members the right to strike after giving seven days’ notice in terms of section 21 of the Labour Relations Act,” Nupsaw indicated in a statement.

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