Simunye Workers Forum - SWF
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pick n Pay workers embark on strike action
On 28 February 2017 workers at Pick n Pay’s bakery in Isando have embarked on protected strike action. Despite the fact their strike is protected they are denied the right to picket outside their workplace because they are not members of a registered trade union.
The workers have worked for the labour broker Assist for many years and have embarked on a struggle to be made permanent under new amendments in the L...abour Relations Act. The response of Pick n Pay has been to intimidate, victimise and dismiss workers who have been struggling for their rights.
Today Pick n Pay workers are demanding a living wage and to be afforded all the benefits that are due to them.
Many of the workers earn as little as R3,200 a month, while the management enjoy huge salaries and benefits. For example, Deputy CEO Richard van Rensburg took advantage of preferential share options to acquire 400 000 shares at value of the R 14.6 million, which then had an immediate selling price of R29.5 million – an immediate gain of R14.8 million in the blink of an eye. It would take a worker 388 years to earn this amount of money.
The workers have tried on numerous occasions to communicate with management about their demands but the workers feel that management does not take the needs of workers seriously and does not treat them fairly. The workers of Pick n Pay say that the company has been abusing the workers for a long time. They demand that the company do the right thing.
We demand to be made permanent workers of Pick n Pay!
We demand a living wage!
We demand an end to victimisation!
We demand the reinstatement of dismissed workers!
Contact: CWAO Organiser Sydney Moshaoliba 072 509 3587/ 011 873 0903
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