PF govt gives Shoprite 10 days to increase salaries, instructs Employees to report for work

The Zambian government has given Management at Shoprite Checkers Ten days to ensure that they increase wages and salaries for its workers who have been on strike since October 14, 2013.

Shoprite Checkers, a South African owned Chain Store on Tuesday fired over 3000 of its Workers who have been on strike demanding that Management increase their salaries and conditions of service as provided by the country’s Labour laws.

But Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda has reversed the decision and ordered that all Workers report for work on Thursday, October 17, 2013. He said this Wednesday afternoon after having a meeting with Shoprite Management.

Shamenda has pleaded with Workers to resume work as their grievances will be addressed. He said within 10 days the salaries should be reversed.  He said Shoprite should not even look at the recently reversed minimum wage (SI) saying it is meant for the vulnerable and not for Multinational companies like Shoprite.

The Minister of Labour also instructed Shoprite to ensure that by 2014 there is no casualization and workers are put on permanent pensionable jobs.

The Workers have been complaining that they get less than the recently revised minimum salaries for Domestic Workers.

State House through its Permanent Secretary Kaizer Zulu yesterday dared Shoprite to leave Zambia if its not ready to follow the laws. Zulu charged that the PF government would not compromise or negotiate on the issue of salaries which he said is law.