The Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called on the public to boycott Pick n Pay following its decision to retrench employees.
Union officials said the retailer plans to sack over 3,000 workers affiliated to the South African Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu). The retrenchments come on the back of Walmart’s entry into the South African market.
Saccawu also claims Pick n Pay is in talks with British retailer Tesco about a possible sale, but the retailer has denied these claims.
According to Cosatu's Patrick Craven, Saccawu has its full support.
“All the unions will rally behind Saccawu should they decide to go on strike and plans,” he said.
On Friday, Pick n Pay and Saccawu will meet at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to discuss the retrenchments and other grievances.
(Edited by Tshepiso Moche)