Cosatu says that it fully supports the planned one-day nationwide strike by the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU) members at Shoprite stores due on December 22.
“The union will be holding various marches and protests in various towns all across the country on the same day. The federation calls for solidarity action from other workers and shoppers on the day of the strike. Shoprite customers should vote with their feet and rebuke the retailer for treating workers like glorified slaves,” Cosatu said in a statement.
The protest is expected to affect normal shopping at the stores.
Amongst the grievances by the workers at Shoprite stores are a guaranteed number of minimum working hours for part-time workers.
The workers are also demanding an immediate end to the reduction of working hours for part-time workers.
They also demand the provision and payment of safe transport for workers who work night shifts.
Cosatu added that these workers will also be demanding an immediate end and reversal of the unilateral changes to working hours, including the reinstatement of Sandton Checker’s employees who were subsequently dismissed for protesting against these changes.
The union says that the planned one-day nationwide protest by the workers is a protected strike.
The strike is expected to be supported by more than 30 000 SACCAWU members working for Shoprite Checkers.