Dis-Chem braces for pro­tected strike

Union de­mand­ing 12.5% in­crease and bonuses

Sunday World - - Jobs -

Dis-Chem Phar­ma­cies will be af­fected by strike ac­tion over a wage dis­pute with the Na­tional Union of Pub­lic Ser­vice and Al­lied Work­ers (Nup­saw).

Nup­saw said that it was lay­ing the ground­work for a na­tional strike‚ ac­cus­ing Dis-Chem of re­fus­ing to bar­gain with the union on salary in­creases and bonuses.

“De­spite their 13.3% turnover in­crease in 2018 fi­nan­cial year, from R17.3bn to R19.6bn‚ our mem­bers still have their se­cu­rity wage ad­just­ments re­duced without any ex­pla­na­tion‚” the union said in a state­ment.

“There are no guar­an­teed an­nual bonuses‚ yet the em­ployer is plan­ning ex­pan­sion (20 stores) in the 2019 fi­nan­cial year‚ with the­hard­workofitsover13 500em­ploy­ees.”

Nup­saw said it had turned to the CCMA for con­cil­i­a­tion and ob­tained per­mis­sion for mem­bers to em­bark on a pro­tected strike.

The union is de­mand­ing a min­i­mum wage of R12 500 across the board‚ an in­crease of 12,5% for those earn­ing above R12‚500 and a guar­an­teed an­nual bonus.

Dis-Chem spokesper­son Caryn Barker told Busi­ness Re­port: “We have al­ready ad­vised the union that un­for­tu­nately we are not in a po­si­tion to meet their de­mands‚ so we ex­pect the strike to go ahead.”

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