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Eptasawu takes Giyani Spar supermarkets to the Labour court

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Austin Mabasa of ETAPSAWU signing the document. Image supplied.

Giyani-based labour union, Economic Pioneer Transformation Aid South African Workers Union (EPTASAWU) had their day in the Johannesburg Labour Court today, 27 August 2020, following its victory against Shashe trading, which operates Mopani spar and Giyani spar supermarkets in Giyani town.

This follows the 20th February ruling by labour court in Johannesburg in favour of EPTASAWU. The first case which was an interdict to prevent EPTASAWU from entering Mopani and Giyani Spar and contempt of court order against Austin Mabasa who is the president of the union.

Mabasa told Giyani View that Shashe failed to honour the court ruling that employees who have been fired from the two supermarkets after participating in a strike in January 2020 should be reinstated and compensated.

It’s understood that the employer has deliberately applied delaying tactics to buy time, which resulted in employees losing their dividends.

Mabasa said that the transfer processes that Shashe claims to be conducting is practically impossible as pieces of legislation don’t allow the exclusion of the main stakeholders during this process.

Shashe bought the two giant supermarkets recently from Mia De Bruyn whom the workers union has accused of exploiting workers.

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