Lewis or­dered to spare the chop

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LEWIS Group had been or­dered not to re­trench any em­ploy­ees from the newly ac­quired fur­ni­ture re­tailer Bears, the Com­pe­ti­tion Tri­bunal in­structed as part of the merger con­di­tions be­tween the two re­tail­ers.

Bears fur­ni­ture stores, which have been trad­ing in South Africa for more than 80 years, were sold off by El­ler­ines, which has been put un­der business res­cue due to the col­lapse of its par­ent company, African Bank In­vest­ment Limited.

In a merger cer­tifi­cate, the tri­bunal or­dered Lewis to in­vite af­fected em­ploy­ees and unas­signed store em­ploy­ees to ap­ply for the cre­ated po­si­tions, and any other po­si­tions that are or that may be­come avail­able at the Lewis stores within a pe­riod of one year form ap- proval date. Lewis had al­ready in­di­cated that should the merger be ap­proved, it would cre­ate 126 job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“This will in­clude 63 new po­si­tions for the driv­ers and 63 driver as­sis­tants, with each store al­lo­cated one driver and one driver as­sis­tant,” it said.

The tri­bunal also or­dered that af­fected em­ploy­ees be al­lowed to in­di­cate the kind of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tions they were in­ter­ested in.

Lewis would be also be mon­i­tored by the Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion and has been asked to cir­cu­late the copy of th­ese con­di­tions to Lewis’ and Bears’ em­ploy­ees and re­spec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tives with seven days of the ap­proval date. – Nom­pumelelo Mag­waza

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