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Last updated: 17 May 2018

Choppies Employers Retaliates By Charging Workers

17 May 2018

The Food and Allied Workers Union (F.A.W.U.) is dismayed at the recent intransigent actions of Choppies supermarkets against some of our members who were engaged in legal protest action. Several weeks after our members embarked on their very first-ever national strike action, the chain store in Orkney in Johannesburg has started with disciplinary action against twelve workers for simply practising their right to a lawful strike in demand of better wages and working conditions.

We view this to be nothing more than retaliation against workers` protest action as some of the phony charges levelled against workers date back to 2017. It appears that the industrial action by workers has taken management by surprise as they underestimated the number of members FAWU were able to recruit over the past couple of years to the extent that they are even attempting to dispute our membership figures. Workers have returned to work in the second week of May 2018 without being awarded a wage increase as the company has informed us that they have not yet seen profits similar to those of their Botswana- based outlets. FAWU`s financial team is currently in the process of verifying the accuracy of these claims.

The company did however accede to the union`s demand for an annual bonus and evening transport for those workers required to work late. As part of the demand of a wage increase and as a matter of principle, FAWU has demanded that the company agrees to central bargaining so that all workers across all of their stores earn the same for the same work performed. To this end, the company has remained instransigent and the issue will require more engagement from both parties.

We are mortified by the company`s scare-tactics against our members as they were merely exercizing their lawful right to strike in an attempt to better their lives and those of their families. The union will do everything in its power to fight these bogus charges and defend our members as we believe it is the company`s shameful attempt to threaten workers from refraining to embark on future legal protest actions.

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