WINDHOEK, 04 AUG – The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) wants Shoprite to scrap the disciplinary hearings of 93 employees in addition to withdrawing the lawsuit against them for their involvement in a strike in 2015.
Reacting to an announcement by Shoprite on Friday that it was withdrawing the N.dollars 4.5 million lawsuit, NUNW’s second vice-president Phillip Munenguni said the retailer was probably hoping to distract people and prevent them from boycotting their shops.
“We are still demanding the boycott until all charges against the workers are dismissed and until they allow unions to recruit members within all their organisations around the country,” he said.
The statement said Shoprite Namibia has withdrawn the summons issued to the 93 employees in Windhoek.
“The summons followed a cost order issued by the High Court of Namibia in November 2015 in favour of Shoprite against the group of employees, for loss of sales, legal costs and damages incurred because of unlawful strike action in December 2014 and July 2015,” it said.
It however noted that the internal disciplinary hearings against the employees are continuing and an outcome is expected in the next few weeks.
The Shoprite employees started striking at the end of July 2015 after the company refused to negotiate on wage proposals submitted the previous month.
The retailer argued that they went on an illegal strike and the employees have since been facing disciplinary charges for participating in the strike.
Shoprite filed the case against the employees in the Windhoek High Court this week.
The union threatened a national boycott if the company did not drop its attempt to sue the employees.