Picture: THE TIMES
Picture: THE TIMES

THE South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers’ Union (Saccawu) on Thursday embarked on a three-day, protected, limited-duration strike against OK Furnishers and House & Home, divisions of the JSE-listed Shoprite Holdings.

The union is demanding a basic salary of R4,000 for sales advisers, the scrapping of minimum performance standards and the payment of commission to carpet estimators on fitting charges and for all sold items.

"The workers all gathered at the local union offices this morning where they were briefed on various aspects related to the strike and rules etc," Saccawu spokesman Mike Abrahams told Business Day.

"From tomorrow (Friday), they will most probably be picketing at stores. After the eighth December workers will assess management’s response to the strike and decide what the action will be thereafter," he said.

Saccawu members numbering in their "hundreds" marched to OK Furnishers’ head office in Johannesburg last month to hand over a memorandum of demands to management, the union said.

"The company was given 72 hours to respond. The arrogant and hardline response from the company, a common trend amongst bosses – from mining to farming – simply stated: 'as regards the demands contained in the memorandum, the company wishes to reiterate that your demands are not acceptable'," said Saccawu.

The union has demanded a R4,000 basic salary for sales advisers, the scrapping of minimum performance standards, and the payment of commission to carpet estimators on fitting charges and for all sold items.

Shoprite Holdings was unavailable for comment.