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Choppies workers demand fairness

Choppies workers demand fairness

Maria David

EMPLOYEES of Choppies Supermarket in Ongwediva on Wednesday held a peaceful demonstration demanding that their employer plan and coordinate properly for the transference of employees to other branches of the retailer.


Choppies supermarket officially opened its doors at Ongwediva in April 2018.


The group of demonstrators handed over a petition to the company’s representative in the region, Sajin Peethambaran,


In their petition the employees request the management to hear their cry and ensure that their dignity is respected.

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They claim that they do not have a problem with being transferred, but insist that a planned transfer be communicated to the affected employee on time and must be preceded by proper arrangements to avoid any negative effects on the employee.


“Arrangement must be made beforehand by the management with the affected workers,” said the petitioners.


They demand that affected employees be notified at least a month before being transferred to allow them to prepare because some of them have school-going children, who are negatively affected by abrupt transfers of their parents.


The demonstrators are also demanding a 100 percent increase on their basic salary, saying that if one gets N$2 000 a month, it should be increase to N$4 000 monthly.


“We reject unemployment, transfer without arrangement of accommodation and we demand decent jobs for all,” stated the petition.
Peethambaran accepted the petition and walked away without commenting.

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