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ShopriteNews24 reports that retail company Shoprite has been accused of using "dirty tricks" when dealing with striking workers at its Centurion warehouse.  

Video footage shows thousands of workers running into the veld as what appear to be private security guards fire rounds of rubber bullets into a crowd.  "They are using private security and shooting at employees.  Some were wounded that day," said Ephraim Mphahlele from the National Transport Movement Union (NTM).  The union is representing some of the staffers in wage negotiations with the retailer.  Mphahlele said around 2,000 staffers had downed tools in demand of better wages and working conditions.  “They want R12,000, they want the company to provide them with medical aid, a provident fund and a night shift allowance," Mphahlele indicated.  An unnamed truck driver said there had in fact been two shooting incidents, the first after dark on Wednesday and the other around 17:30 on Thursday afternoon.  Shoprite commented on the video as follows:  "Employees from a service provider have been striking at the distribution centre in Centurion since 23 May 2018.  Police on the scene took control of the situation, giving effect to a court order being disregarded."

  • Read this report by Tshidi Madia and view the video footage at News24


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