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Shoprite agrees to negotiate salaries

Shoprite agrees to negotiate salaries

Eba Kandovazu

 

THE strike organised by the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU), with support from the Affirmative Repositioning Movement (AR), that was scheduled to take place today has been put on hold after Shoprite agreed to a conciliation meeting this morning.

 

The meeting is currently happening at the Labour Commissioner’s Office and is seeking to find common ground on the issue of salary increases.

 

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AT THE TABLE: The workers’ union and Shoprite are currently meeting in an attempt to resolve the issue of striking workers. – Photo: File

 

Shoprite, Checkers, and USave workers began striking on 23 December 2020, citing unfair wages.

 

The AR said it would shut down Shoprite outlets in Windhoek if the company does not deal with the issues that led to the workers downing tools. Employees are demanding that Shoprite increases their salaries, as well as give them a housing and transport allowance.

 

Meanwhile, the union has accused Shoprite of violating strike rules by allowing seasonal workers and managers to continue carrying out the work of striking employees despite a High Court judgement forbidding it.

 

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