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ShopriteANA reports that the Shoprite group said on Wednesday that striking National Transport Movement (NTM) workers were not its employees, but were employed by a service provider with which the group has a contract to render specific services.  

A notice from NTM on Tuesday said Shoprite, Checkers, U-Save and Hungry Lion stores would all be shut down due to unresolved wage disputes.  "The group confirms that it has received a copy of the notice issued by the union and that employees of the service provider have been on strike at the group's Centurion distribution centre since May 2018," Shoprite Holdings indicated.  It added that on Wednesday morning its stores opened for normal trade.  The union has claimed that Shoprite/Checkers, its subsidiaries and labour brokers were paying some employees only R400 per week, which they said were poverty wages that workers rejected with contempt.  The workers are apparently demanding a minimum basic salary R12,500 (warehouse) and R15,000 (drivers), plus the introduction of a provident fund, medial aid and a 13th cheque.

  • A short report by Lindi Masinga at IOL News
  • See too, Shoprite, Checkers, U-Save and Hungry Lion stores facing shutdown, at The Citizen

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