Pick ‘n Pay retail workers wage dispute – nation-wide protests

Pick ’n Pay workers embarks on nation-wide protests

Mike Abrahams, SACCAWU Spokesperson, 25 October 2010

The ongoing Pick ‘n Pay wage dispute has not been resolved yet.

SACCAWU has submitted wage and improved working conditions proposals for 2010 to the company in December 2009 and workers were due to receive their increases at the beginning of March 2010. After numerous attempts to resolve this dispute and almost one-year later there is still no resolution in sight, thus SACCAWU members at Pick ‘n Pay are preparing for strike.

On the 26th October the parties will meet at the CCMA to conclude on picket rules for strike action, while at the same time members are preparing a series of ten mass protest marches throughout the country, where a memorandum will be handed over to the company.

In Gauteng, workers will stage a march on the 28th October 2010, while nine other marches will take place throughout the country on the 29th October.

The Gauteng march will take place on the 28th of October 2010where members and supporters will deliver a memorandum of demands at the Chris Hani Crossing newly opened store in Vosloorus. The memorandum will be delivered at 13h45.

Further protest marches planned for the 29th October 2010 as set out below:

City/Town Operating Unit/Destination Time for handover of the memorandum

1. Bloemfontein Bloemfontein Hypermarket 13h00

2. Cape Town Kenilworth Store 13h00

3. Durban Durban City Hall 13h00

4. East London Vincent Park Store 13h00

5. George Garden Route Mall Store 13h00

6. Nelspruit Riverside Mall Store 13h00

7. Polokwane Savannah Mall Store 13h00

8. Port Elizabeth Walmer Park Store 13h00

9. Vereeniging Bedworth Park Hypermarket 13h00

SACCAWU expect the majority of our 27 000 members to join the industrial action

Workers demand:

• R550 per month increase or 12% whichever is greater

• A 10% Staff discount on basic food stuff.

• 120 hours per month guaranteed for Variable Time Employees

• A one-year wage agreement

SACCAWU further demands:

• End the use of labour brokers

• The establishment of a Centralised Bargaining Forum for the retail sector

We call on our allies and the public in general to support this industrial action by not crossing the picket-line and not shopping at Pick ‘n Pay until the dispute is resolved. Should his dispute becomes further protracted we would mobilise the community for and call a Consumer Boycott of Pick ‘n Pay.

Published in Cosatu Today 25 October 2010

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