The staff of Shoprite, Africa’s largest supermarket chain, have shut down operations of the company indefinitely, over the failure of the management to pay them off.
The Nation reports that the staff numbering over 20 blocked the entrance of Shoprite’s outlet in Delta Mall, Effurun, Uvwie council area of the state.
With placards pasted on dozens of trolleys jammed together and arranged across the entrance, as well as others on the glass doors of the supermarket, the staff demanded for their “right”.
Some of the placards had inscriptions such as “Together we move, give us our right,” We are not slaves,” 5 to 10 years, without promotion and you want to leave us and runaway? Ex-Gratia/Payoff is our stand,” We want to hear positively from the general manager on the proposal he asked us to submit,” GM sorosoke
Can’t sell Shoprite and sell us”.
A staff of Shoprite who spoke with The Nation briefly, said they are “demanding payoff as the company leaves Nigeria”.
He said only the general staff, below the management cadre were protesting, adding that until the management address the issue, the place will remain shut.
Efforts to speak with the company’s management as of the time of filing this report, was unsuccessful.
However, The Nation gathered that the strike is across Shoprite outlets nationwide.
Recall that an uproar had greeted the news that the South African company was pulling out of Nigeria last August.
The company had said the decision was reached due to the effects of the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions and an increase in inflation.