Swakopmund community joins Shoprite workers protest
11 January 2021 | Labour
Affirmative Reposition (AR) Swakopmund denies that violence broke out at the U-Save shop in Mondesa.
This came after residents and members of political parties joined disgruntled employees in a demonstration of solidarity at the coastal town on Saturday.
According to AR member Vadi Phil, there were no physical altercations at the shop during the protest.
“We stood in front of the shop and merely prevented people from entering. Nobody was beaten.”
Workers began striking on 23 December and have been seen demonstrating outside Shoprite in town as well as USave in Mondesa.
A social media frenzy soon followed, as a post on the IPC (Independent Patriots of Change) Facebook group alleged that residents were physically manhandled.
“Shoprite workers are beating people who enter the shop,” said one of the group’s members.
Shoprite Group employees have been participating in a countrywide strike, demanding better wages as well as benefits. Negotiations with the company reached a deadlock after the matter was taken to the office of the Labour Commissioner in December.
Through the Namibian Food and Allied Workers’ Union (NAFAU), they demand that contract workers who have been working for more 12 months, be employed permanently. They also want transport and housing allowances as well as medical aid.
The workers of the Shoprite Group Namibia, which includes Shoprite, USave and Checkers, are set to continue with the demonstration until their demands are met.