25 arrested at Shoprite strike

LEPHALALE — The strike at Shoprite last week led to the arrest of 25 Shoprite employees on Thursday 29 March.


The employees are members of the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU), a trade union in South Africa and an affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena from Lephalale Cluster, around 50 protestors got out of hand in the presence of members of Lephalale Public Order Policing (POP) and the strike started to become aggressive. They were about ten metres away from the Shoprite building.

The police dispatched the crowd with rubber bullets and 25 people were arrested. According to WO Mokoena, the picketing was about salaries, late working hours and casual employees.

Some of the rules of the Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) regarding picketing are:

Employees may picket outside a stand-alone store, providing that there are no more than 20 picketers at any one time and they are not less than 10 meters from the store entrance in places designated by local management.

Picketers may not block the entrance to the store or centre, whether in person or by any other means.

Picketers may not obstruct or hamper adjacent businesses or stores.

The suspects were charged for the contravention of the Labour Relations Act, Act 66/1995.

The SACCAWU general strike started on Wednesday 28 March.

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