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strike thumb medium85 85Daily News reports that Shoprite Checkers workers have embarked on a three-day strike, which started on Wednesday and will end on Friday.  

The workers are demanding to be employed full time and transport to be provided for workers starting early morning shifts and those who work the late shift.  According to a letter sent to landlords and property owners of Shoprite Checkers and Usave Supermarkets by Philip van der Merwe of Shoprite Checkers Properties Division, the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers’ Union (Saccawu) gave Shoprite Checkers a 48 hours formal notice of a limited duration countrywide strike.  “At this stage it is difficult to determine the extent of the strike and what impact it will have on the effective trading at our stores,” Van der Merwe said.  In various parts of the country, Shoprite and Checkers workers demonstrated near the stores.  In a statement, the Shoprite Group confirmed the work stoppage saying that the strikers represented "only a portion of employees".  Contingency plans are apparently in place to keep stores open and trading as normal as possible.

  • Read this report by Thobeka Ngema in full at Daily News


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