ShopriteANA reports that outsourced Shoprite workers organised under the #OutsourcingMustFall (OMF) movement on Tuesday went on strike at the retail giant’s largest distribution centre in Gauteng on Olivenhoutbosch Avenue in Centurion.  

Protesting against poor pay and their employment through labour brokers, they downed tools in solidarity with four of their leaders who were allegedly denied entry by management to the workplace on Monday morning.  The nightshift then also joined the strike.  OMF spokesperson Clarence Debeila said this was a blatant attack by the Shoprite management on the democratic right of the workers to organise and to protest.  Three weeks ago, workers held a protest outside the centre where a memorandum was submitted to the management, demanding an end to outsourcing and a minimum wage of R10,000.  Management replied seven days later rejecting any responsibility for the workers.  Debeila said the workers were mobilising communities to join them for a massive protest against Shoprite at Winnie Mandela Library in Tembisa on 14 April.


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