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Gosebo Mathope
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24 Dec 2017
2:47 pm

Gender commission supports strike against slaves wages at Checkers Shoprite

Gosebo Mathope

Company chairperson Christo Wiese recently sold shares worth a billion in a company where most employees earn R2500 monthly.

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) supports the strike by the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union against retailer Checkers Shoprite.

This support is informed by the Commission’s own studies on gender transformation that looked at the retail sector. The CGE believes there has been minimal progress in addressing gender transformation in the workplace.

“Women in our country continue to face persistent marginalisation from power and influence. This can be attributed to a range of factors including the influences of South Africa’s colonial history and dominant patriarchal paradigms,” said CGE spokesperson Jabu Baloyi.

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In turn, CGE is calling on the Department of Labour to conduct an immediate investigation on the failure of Shoprite to address issues that have been in the public domain impacting on the well-being of women workers.

“Lack of access to safe and reliable staff transportation for women who work extended trading hours is a major problem.

“Women are left to fend for themselves thus being exposed to activities that negatively affects their human dignity,” Baloyi said.

GCE also challenged the private sector to pay attention to transformation and women participation in the managerial level in workplaces across all workplaces.

Christo Wiese, former chairperson of the corrupt-ridden Steinhoff and chairperson of the company, recently sold shares he owned in the company to the tune of $87-million. That is close to a billion rand according to the current exchange rate.

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