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DisChemGroundUp reports that four men were arrested when 200 workers demonstrated on Wednesday in front of the Dis-Chem store in Canal Walk, Cape Town.  

Workers represented by the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw) were demanding better wages and working conditions and the recognition of their union.  Nupsaw’s Omar Parker related that police had a scuffle with demonstrators who had insisted on protesting in front of the shop.  “Employees have been without salary since 16 November and have lost hope.  We have asked our members to remain calm, but they are desperate.  We are appealing to the employer to normalise the situation.  Workers who are currently on duty are being given incentives and [are] mocking the ones on strike.  The employer is dividing the workers,” Parker stated.  The union’s Western Cape organiser Vuyani Shwane said the workers were demanding that Dis-Chem recognise Nupsaw, but the company claimed the union did not meet the 30% threshold.  He also said the workers were demanding: a minimum wage of R12,500 across the board; an increase of 12.5% for those earning above R12,500; and a guaranteed annual bonus equal to the basic salary.  In a press statement, Dis-Chem indicated that, in an historic first, the Labour Court had ruled that Nupsaw be barred from picketing and protest action until 27 February 2019, while upholding the union’s right to strike.

  • Read Tariro Washinyira’s full original report in this regard at GroundUp

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