Shorprite outlets paralysed

Workers in all  Shorprite Zambia outlets have gone on strike.

The workers are upset over management’s decision to reduce the amount payable to them under the pension scheme.

According to workers interviewed, the negotitions to set up a pension scheme for workers have been going on since 2005.

The workers revealed that the negotiations were concluded this week and workers given letters of admission into the scheme bu the money indicated was far too below their expectiations.

The workers said that they asked management how they came up with the amount but got no satisfactory answer.

Some employees disclosed that workes are also not happy with their monthly salaries. They said most workers get between K600, 000 and K800, 000 after deductions.

The workers said that management had agreed to increase salaries by more than 80 per cent but that the increment is not reflected on their laatest pays-lips.

By 09 hours local time, workers at the Cairo road store were found sun bascking while waiting for buses to ferry then to the head office at Manda Hill where they wanted to go and meet management.

Efforts to get a comment from management failed as they were said to be in a crisis meeting.

Shorprite, a South African brand, is the largest retail outlet in Zambia.

It operates 17 outlets accross the country stretching from Livingstone to Chingola in the Copperbelt. It has outlets in Chipata, Mongu, Solwezi, Kasama Mansa etc..

The Shoprite Group of Companies operates 1068 corporate and 275 franchise outlets in 17 countries across Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands and southern Asia.

It reported turnover of R29,604 billion for the 6 months ended 31 December 2008.

The Company’s head quarters are situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Shoprite Holdings Ltd is a public company listed on the JSE Limited, with secondary listings on both the Namibian and Zambian Stock Exchanges. shoprite Livingstone Zambiashoprite Livingstone Zambia

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