30.maj 2010 – – 05:12
JOHANNESBURG (* ) Mens de internationale kapitalistiske medier sendte flere tusinder af journalister, fotografer og redaktører til Sydafrika for dække VM i den guddommelige sport fodbold, har de to tusind (2000) strejkende arbejdere på “Dis-Chem”, ikke fået et minuts opmærksomhed i de samme medier.
De kapitalistiske ejere af Dis-Chem Pharmacies nægter at forhandle med fagforeningen SACCAWU, som arbejderne er organiseret i.
Derfor blev arbejdet nedlagt den 27.maj som en protest mod ejernes og fabriksledelsens arrogante afvisning af kollektive forhandlinger Efter næsten to måneders strejke appelere arbejderne nu om international støtte og solidaritet.
Støt de strejkende arbejdere i i SydAfrika
Dis-Chem Pharmacie- koncernen har nu opsagt overenskomsten og nægter at forhandle med fagforbundet SACCAWU, the union representing its workers. Instead of negotiating with the union over its demands, the company unilaterally raised wages based on merit, with a majority of workers getting below-inflation pay rises. Working conditions are worsening, and more and more workers are employed on a casual basis. The union also accuses Dis-Chem of wage disparities based on race. As a result, since 27 May the workers have been on strike and have asked for international support for their struggle.
Arbejdernes krav er : en minumumløn på R3,500 ; 15% across the board increase; conversion of casuals to permanent after three months; guaranteed 13th cheque; parental rights, medical aid, transport allowance and improvement of other benefits.
The Life of Ethelina a Dis-Chem Employee
Press Release – National Strike at Dis-Chem Pharmacies Looming
SACCAWU members at more than forty Dis-Chem Pharmacies nationwide are preparing for a nationwide strike from 27 May. Over the last year Dis- Chem has consistently demonstrated a hostility towards its employees joining SACCAWU and actively participating in union activities. Earlier this year SACCAWU had to declare a dispute to compel the company to recognise SACCAWU. Currently the company refuses to bargain with SACCAWU over wage increases and other issues of terms and conditions of employment. SACCAWU once again had to go to the CCMA on the issue of bargaining rights for our members. The outcome of the CCMA sitting granted SACCAWU a certificate which allows our members the right to embark on a protected strike to press for our demands. Consequently, workers at all Dis-Chem outlets have decided to embark on a national strike. Today, Tuesday 25 May the parties will meet at the CCMA to agree on picket rules. We are aware of the tendency by companies often in collaboration with Mall managers to seek picket rules that render pickets ineffective and undermine workers right to strike. SACCAWU will oppose and challenge any attempt to such picket rules.
Dis-Chem must recognise SACCAWU`s right to bargain for our members
Despite the economic crisis over the last year we have witnessed a slight decline in retail sales in general, recent statistics show that the retail pharmaceutical sector has been doing very well, with an increase in sales of more than 7%. This indicator, we believe makes it entirely possible for Workers further demand:
• R3500-00 minimum wage
• 15% across the board increase
• conversion of casuals to permanent after three months
• guaranteed 13th cheque
• parental rights, medical aid, transport allowance and improvement of other benefits
Head office 0114038333
Lee Modiga 0823365327
Mike Abrahams 0716288474
Mduduzi Mbongwe 0823365146
SACCAWU betyder : SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers’ Union