SparBusinessLive reports that a Spar owner has been ordered to pay almost R12m to his staff for making “unlawful” deductions and not complying with national minimum wage laws, amongst other infractions.  

According to the labour department, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) granted eight arbitration awards against eight Spar outlets owned by a person identified only as “Mr Giannacoupolous”.  The awards compel the franchisee to comply with various orders issued — and pay all complainants a total of R11,935,478 within 14 days.  “Failure to comply with the awards will result with the respondent having to pay accrued interest in terms of section 75 of Basic Conditions of Employment Act,” the department indicated.  The order came after the department conducted inspections in May 2019 and received a complaints of alleged gross violations of labour laws that were happening at Spar stores across the country.  The department conducted inspections at Spar Orchards, Dely Road, Doornport Spar, Montana Spar, Wierda Spar, Silverton Spar, Zambezi Super Spar, Rietfontein Spar, Silverplace Spar and Safari Spar in Rustenburg. These stores employ 565 workers.

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