Shoprite employees at Ring Street department, Ibadan, on Friday, launched into one other spherical of protest, shutting down the corporate indefinitely.
The employees, beneath the aegis of the Nationwide Union of Store and Distributive Staff (NUSDE), vowed that the corporate would stay shut till administration acceded to their calls for.
The Chairman, NUSDE, Shoprite department, Mr Williams Peter, informed the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan that the union was utilizing the Easter interval to press dwelling its calls for since dialogue had failed.
He stated all Shoprite shops had been shut down nationwide as a result of the negotiation between the union and the administration had been deadlocked.
Peter attributed the indefinite strike to the alleged refusal of the administration to fulfill up with the calls for of the union.
He stated though the deliberate switch of Shoprite to a brand new proprietor had been withheld, the Easter interval was the suitable time to get administration to hearken to them and accede to their calls for.
“Nevertheless, if the administration will not be able to hearken to us, it then signifies that Shoprite will not be able to open this April. We’ll shut the corporate down till they hearken to us.
“Give us what we wish and we’ll then be prepared to debate with the brand new traders and have a brand new settlement with them,” the union chief stated.
In the meantime, the administration of the corporate has described the economic motion embarked upon by the employees as ‘illegal’.
The administration, in a memo issued by its Divisional Human Sources Supervisor, Adeola Kagho, stated applicable motion will probably be taken in opposition to the putting employees, saying that this may embody their abstract dismissal, ought to they fail to return to work.
“Please observe that your conduct is in breach of your contract of employment, firm guidelines and procedures and the relevant federal laws.
“The corporate will not be ready to tolerate your participation in any illegal industrial motion.
“The corporate is now contemplating applicable motion to be taken in opposition to you and this may occasionally embody your abstract dismissal, must you disregard the instruction/ultimatum hereunder.
“You might be accordingly instructed to return to work instantly in an orderly and diligent method,” Kagho stated.
She urged the employees to comply with the ‘established firm’s inside process, ought to they want to elevate any grievance, NAN experiences.
Shoprite employees protest, shut down firm indefinitely