Popcru backs Saccawu in Dis-Chem fight

2010-06-30 11:41

Johannesburg - The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has come out in support of the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers' Union (Saccawu) in its wage dispute with pharmacy group Dis-Chem.

"We have noted how workers continue to be brutalised and arrested on the basis of pure labour disputes," Popcru said in a statement on Wednesday.

Popcru said the country's constitution provided for freedom of association and organisational rights.

It supported Saccawu's demands for a R3 500 minimum wage for Dis-Chem workers, plus a 15% across-the-board increase.

Popcru also believed that casual workers at Dis-Chem should become part of the group's permanent staff after three months of service.

A 13th cheque should be guaranteed as well as parental rights, medical aid, housing subsidies and long service awards, Popcru said.

Two thousand Saccawu members employed at Dis-Chem have been on strike for over a month.

Last week a burning gas canister was thrown into an Olympus Dis-Chem store in Faerie Glen in Pretoria, and the store has been closed for repairs.

Three Dis-Chem workers have been arrested for malicious damage to property.

Dis-Chem  human resources manager Johan Ochse was not available for comment.

  - Sapa

  • realist - 2010-06-30 11:55

    What an earth has it got to do with them ?

  • gunner - 2010-06-30 12:17

    You dont worry about us warders and police osd and salary increases we that pay our monthly contributions yet you are concern about dischem workers.I should cancel my affiliation with popcru.

  • stupid is as stupid - 2010-06-30 12:25

    I say the public should protest in support for Dischem.

  • Sipho - 2010-06-30 12:34

    These astronomical increas demands are absurd, do they think money grow on trees. We, the public, uou and me, will have to fill their pockets whilst we only get a 5% increase. Government must put a stop to these wage demands. Eskom wants 15%, Railways want 18% etc, etc. This is cr@p. And then they vandalise their own places of employment, bite the hand that feed them. It's rediculous

  • Louis - 2010-06-30 12:37

    POPCRU says: "We have noted how workers continue to be brutalised and arrested on the basis of pure labour disputes." This is a joke, right? Burning down a Dis-Chem store goes a bit further than 'pure labour dispute'. The one thing a constitutional right does not allwo you is to practice that right in a way that violates someone else's rights. The same constitution that gives you the right to strike protects other people's right to safety. I've said this many times before: I resigned from the finance union a long time ago because unions, in South Africa, are now completely counter productive and can not add to any positive change anymore. In principle the concept of unions is just fine. COSATU & Co have, however, exploited their rights for long enough. The more disempowered a labourer is the more dependent that labourer is on his or her union. Empowered citizens do no need unions. Make your own deductions.

  • Michael - 2010-06-30 12:51

    I was at Greenstone Mall yesterday and the striking workers behind the taped off area were begging the shoppers not to shop at DisCem. They have very derogitry placards on show. Having shopped at DisCem since their first opening at Fourways plus my family working there part time, never in all that time was there a complaint about the management treatment of staff from people I know. Yes, the management do demand a high quality of honesty, integrity, etc which is normal for any private company out there. If the workers are not happy then they must go look for work else where. I believe the unions are damaging the country to a state of who in their right mind would invest in SA or to create new employement under present union demands. If you dont like your pay packet, then leave and get a better salary else where. It is high time the workers stop trying to tell the bosses what to do. WE see that in the government sectors where the workers dectate to the bosses, that is because the bosses dont have any back bone. Where in the world do you find the tail wagging the dog - no where I am afraid - only here.

  • s2pid is s2pid does - 2010-06-30 14:21

    What you dont understand is that the ANC needs the Unions, its a huge help for them to win elections, in returns strikes like thes and the upcomming eskom strike are allowed to go ahead (even where it is an essential service), Simple mechanism of legitemate Pay for Vote Scheme....

  • Espetada King - 2010-06-30 18:05

    Include wider aisles in your demands and I will support you!!

  • Hans - 2010-06-30 19:22

    One useless bunch of layabouts supporting their destructive brothers. Cry the beloved country.

  • Duke - 2010-07-01 07:34

    This is a veiled threat to Diskem. Diskem cannot expect police protection next time the strikers destroy property & intimidate clients.

  • breaker - 2010-08-31 11:31

    why dont south african companies just close down or even take their business outside RSA and the the see who will employ these greedy unions who thrive on the poor ignorant masses to atay in power by needing their subscriptions

  • Simphiwe - 2010-11-24 21:35

    U guys dnt knw wat u talking bwt,working under such conditons is enough 2 drive any1 2 bùrn dwn a store.dis-chem u disgust me,gv de ppl wat they deserve

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