Shoprite, Checkers workers march through CT streets

A few hundred Shoprite and Checkers workers are making their way through Cape Town’s CBD towards the Shoprite store in Adderley Street.

Shoprite and Checkers workers marched through the streets of Cape Town during a nationwide protest on 22 December 2017. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Dozens of Shoprite and Checkers workers are making their voices heard in the streets of Cape Town.

South African Commercial‚ Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have staged a nationwide strike demanding better working conditions for workers.

Some of the demands include free transport for workers working night shift and for double pay on public holidays.

Some of the placards that are being held aloft have messages such as “Shoprite stop exploitation of workers” and “We demand overtime”.

Saccawu’s Colin Tyhalidikazi says originally the strike was to take place on Black Friday when it was thought that would affect the retailers’ business more.

But today still serves as a good opportunity to do so, he says.

“We have to use an opportune time where we know the company will be affected seriously.”

Union officials will be handing over a memorandum of grievances to management of Shoprite store in Adderley Street.


Meanwhile, at the Shoprite in Alexandra, its business as usual.

The staff at the store is not in uniform as instructed by management.

Business is continuing as normal as hundreds of consumers do their festive season shopping.

Management at the store has refused to comment, but assured contingency plans were made long ahead of the planned strike.

It’s understood those participating in the strike are marching to offices in Hillbrow.

Union shop stewards are expected to have talks with management.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)