Shoprite At Ikeja City Mall And Other Stores Shut As Workers Embark On Strike

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Shoprite employees have embarked on a strike and shut down the company’s outlets across the country.

NAN reports that Shoprite workers at Ringroad branch in Ibadan closed the outlet yesterday.

Newsmen understand that Shoprite stores in Ikeja City Mall and Palms Shopping Mall in Lagos, and Delta Mall in Warri are also closed.

The workers, under the aegis of the National Union of Shop and Distributive Employees (NUSDE), vowed that the company would remain shut until the management is ready to meet their demands.

On March 2, the employees had demanded that the South African management pay them off ahead of their planned exit from the country.

Williams Peter, chairman of the Shoprite chapter of NUSDE, said the union was using the Easter period to press home its demands since dialogue had failed.

He said all Shoprite stores had been shut down nationwide because all negotiations between the union and the management ended in a deadlock.

“We see this Easter period as the right time to get management to listen to us and accede to our demands, ” NAN quoted Peter to have said.

“However, if the management is not ready to listen to us, it then means that Shoprite is not ready to open this April. We will shut the company down until they listen to us.

“Give us what we want and we will then be ready to discuss with the new investors and have a new agreement with them.”

A memo issued by Adeola Kagho, Shoprite’s divisional human resources manager, described the industrial action embarked upon by the workers as unlawful.



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