Shoprite Workers Demonstrate

ABOUT 100 Shoprite Group workers from Windhoek held a peaceful demonstration at the Katutura Shoprite branch.

They handed over a petition to the group’s human resource manager, Karen Smith.

The workers from Checkers, Hungry Lion, Shoprite, OK and Usave said they resorted to the demonstration after their grievances, which they stated in a letter to management last month, were ignored.The petition was handed over by the Namibia Commercial Catering Food and Allied Workers Union (NACCAFWU) secretary general, Joseph Garoeb.

Some of the demands are for better salaries and benefits, as well as for an end to the victimisation of workers and shop-stewards.

According to them, they work in oppressive conditions and are subject to unfair labour practices as they endure threats of losing their jobs on a daily basis.

“We demand respect. The rights of the workers should be respected and oppressive and unfair labour practice should be stopped immediately,” the petition read.

Garoeb said the company should allow freedom of association and for the deduction of union membership fees to the workers’ union of choice.

“The workers’ salaries are being forcefully deducted from the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union and Namibia Workers Retail Workers Union after they clearly resigned from the two unions,” said Garoeb.

The workers demanded that Shoprite should refund the money and remit it to NACCAFWU.

Speaking to The Namibian, one of the workers, Wilfred Mutambo, said he has been working at the Shoprite Katutura branch for over five years as a casual worker but no attempts were made to make him permanent.

“We want benefits and for us to be permanent. We want medical aid, transport and salary increment. The average amount that we get is N$2 000 plus or minus,” said Mutambo.

Source : The Namibian