Shoprite management receives memorandum from protesting CT staff

Shoprite says it respects the rights of employees to protest in a peaceful and lawful manner.

Shoprite regional personnel manager Stephen Europa signing the memorandum. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Shoprite management in Cape Town have received a memorandum from protesting workers.

The South African Commercial‚ Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) members marched to the Shoprite store inside the Golden Acre Centre in Adderley Street.

Some of the workers’ demands include an end to the reduction in the shifts of part-time workers and the provision of safe transport for late shifts.

During the demonstration outside the shopping centre, the doors of the entrance remained closed while private security and police officers stood guard outside.

Curious shoppers inside have been directed to use another exit.

Protesting workers says they felt it was important to take part in the march.

Shoprite regional personnel manager Stephen Europa has received the memorandum and promised to raise it with senior management.

At the same time, Shoprite says it respects the rights of employees to protest in a peaceful and lawful manner.

In a written response, Shoprite says it is disappointed that the customers’ shopping experience won’t be the same.

Management says only a portion of the retailer’s employees are striking.

Shoprite says it will ensure the shopping experience of the customers will be as pleasant as possible.

It is unclear whether negotiations are underway between the union and management.

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