Joseph Chirume writes:
On Monday, 234 workers at a Spar supermarket in Kwazakhele, Port Elizabeth, picketed, demanding better working conditions, overtime compensation, payment from a share scheme, and the abolition of labour brokers.
The workers sang protest songs at the main entrance to the shop. The protest was peaceful and police were present.
The strike started on Friday. Workers have vowed to continue with their protest action until management addressed their grievances. The shop is currently closed.
Workers’ representative Siphiwo Nkayi said, “We have a share plan that all Spar’s employees contributed to. To our surprise, we were not paid when the shares were being cashed, but our colleagues at other Spar franchises got their share of the money.
“We asked the owner, Billy Boucher, who said the programme is handled by an overseas company. We are also not happy that he charges interest on money that he loans us.
“We close the doors at 7pm, but we are held until 9pm. We are not paid for these extra hours. The same happens with Sundays and public holidays. We are not paid overtime for working during these days.
“We pay for our uniforms and safety shoes, something that the company should be providing at their expense.”
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