A MERE days after the Namibian Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU) and Shoprite came to some agreement to increase the wages of workers, the union is planning to hold the retail giant accountable when it reportedly violated a court ruling prohibiting it from allowing seasonal workers to carry out the work of striking employees.
The court ruling, made on 8 January 2021 by Judge Shafimana Ueitele, also forbade Shoprite managers and trainee managers from carrying out any work of striking employees.
NAFAU now wants Shoprite charged with contempt of court and has approached lawyer Uno Tjipuka-Sibolile to ensure that the company and its Directors are liable.
Katjipuka-Sibolile argued that the court order was also violated when Shoprite refused union representatives entry to observe whether or not the order was being obeyed.
From 13 January 2021, she says, a complete ban of union representatives into the premises was enforced by Shoprite.
“There is footage of a trainee manager riding a forklift and this is one of the many incidents at different outlets. There is clear non-compliance. Shoprite’s conduct gives rise to grave concerns about how it conducts itself in Namibia. They deliberately, intentionally and consciously chose not to comply with the order. They not only disrespected the court order but they also undermined a lawful strike,” Katjipuka-Sibolile argued.
Acting Judge Collins Parker has in the meantime postponed the matter to 9 March 2021 for judgment.
Tuhafeni Muhongo is representing Shoprite.