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Gender Commission supports COSATU and SACCAWU strike at Shoprite

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Media Release

For immediate Release: 21 December 2017

To: Editors, Producers and Reporters  


Gender Commission supports COSATU and SACCAWU strike at Shoprite


The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has noted with keen interest media reports indicating a call for a nation-wide strike by the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) at Shoprite. The CGE supports the strike. 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.


The 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. Gender transformation and women participation in the managerial level remains unaddressed in South Africa’s workplaces.


The CGE appeals to leaders of the industries to be cognisant of women’s basic human rights and labour rights such as maternity leave and provision of adequate and suitable health and safety protective gear. Women workers are increasingly vulnerable and ILO standard on the Equality and Equity is not adhered to. Trade Unions should continue raising women worker rights in the workplaces. We implore the private sector to strongly consider and share Good practices inter sectorally and across the economic sectors on women employment. Celui-là orient important en même temps que savoir lequel Kamagra levant un médicament d’ordonnance lequel doit être approuvé dans un médecin.


The CGE in the new year will approach NEDLAC with an intent to partner with them in pursuing meaningful dialogue between social partners around issues of gender transformation and women discrimination in the workplace.







We urge women workers who experience discrimination in the workplace to report such cases using the CGE Toll-Free Number 0800 007 709.




Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)

Date:  21 December 2017

Contact Person: Javu Baloyi

Tel: 083 579 3306

The Commission for Gender Equality

The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.

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