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Shoprite Namibia censured over poor labour practices

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Namibia’s Employment Equity Commissioner, Vilbard Usiku has cautioned Shoprite Holding against flouting the country’s labour practices, saying the South African retailer must stop exploiting its workers.

Workers at Shoprite Supermarket in Windhoek recently down-tooled demanding better remunerations including salary increase ranging between 10 and 60 percent, transport allowance of N$620 (about $48), housing allowance of N$1500 (about $118) and a 60 percent cap on medical aid.

Usiku said workers at the retailer, which has supermarkets across Namibia, lacks job security as the company continues recruiting employees on a causal basis.
 
Shoprite must really address this issue. If they think they can continue exploiting workers like that, and then they are not going to have an industry of harmony, Usiku was quoted by The Villager.

He said the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation plans to facilitate dialogue between Shoprite management and its employees.

The company has obtained a court order in bit to force workers back to work, but according to the Equity Commissioner, the dispute cannot be solved through the courts.

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