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MCTU Drags Shoprite to Court

The Malawi Congress of Trade Unions has dragged chain-store magnate, Shoprite to the Industrial Court following the dismissal of 63 Malawian employees from its Lilongwe main shop in January.

MCTU Secretary General Robert Mkwezalamba told Zodiak Online that the union is meanwhile collecting information about the fired staff before formally going to court.

“Our only worry however is the continued strike by the judiciary support staff otherwise when we are ready we’ll formally go to the court,” said Mkwezalamba.

The 63 workers were among a group of over 100 employees who went on strike demanding the removal of a supervisor they accused of cruelty.

However, the Malawi government baked the decision by Shoprite, saying the industrial action by the staff was illegal.

Commissioner of Labour Elias Zilikudondo said “the action was in breach of the law for the workers to continue their strike despite an assurance their concern was being looked at”.

Shoprite said the weeklong strike cost the chain store up to 45 million kwacha.—Zodiak Online

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