[UPDATE] Shoprite workers hand over memoranda

Workers are demanding a revision of their working hours and safe transport for those who work late shifts.

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JOHANNESBURG - Striking workers across the country have handed over memoranda to managers at various Shoprite and Checkers stores nationwide.

The South African Commercial‚ Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) says about 30,000 employees didn't report for work on Friday.

Workers are demanding a revision of their working hours and safe transport for those who work late shifts.

Saccawu deputy president Mike Tau said: “The issues where the company wants to change the working conditions and contracts of employment of full-time workers. The report is that all memoranda were handed to management without any difficulty and our assessment is that the marches were a success nationwide.”

Saccawu members in Johannesburg handed over a memorandum to Shoprite management before making their way to Mary Fitzgerald Square.

The JMPD's Wayne Minnaar said: “The workers have just reached Shoprite/Checkers in Eloff Street and traffic is being diverted. They will hand over a memorandum and then head back to the Mary Fitzgerald Square where they will disperse.”

Meanwhile, in Cape Town, 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.

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