Checkers, Shoprite and Usave workers down tools for better salaries

Checkers, Shoprite and Usave workers down tools for better salaries

Employees of the Checkers, Shoprite and Usave retail shops have downed tools demanding for better salaries and improved conditions of employment.
Among others, the workers are demanding a salary increase of N$100, N$450 housing allowance and N$500 for transport.
Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU) deputy secretary-general, Willem Absalom further says the workers of these retailers want the increase backdated to April.
NAFAU further demand that all employees who have worked for the retailers for a year or more to be employed permanently and stop exploitation.
Absalom, however, expressed disappointment that these shops decided to hire temporary workers to carry out the duties of those who are on strike saying this is against the rules of the strike signed between the companies and NAFAU.
He says the union has lodged a court case to compel the three shops to the practice.
The strike is currently ongoing across the country and the workers are adamant to continue until their demands are addressed.
The NBC News contacted the Shoprite/Checkers conglomerate management, and they refused to commend right away and requested the reporter to put the enquiries in writing.
But despite having sent the questions via email, no reply came forth until at the time of this broadcast.