Retailer Massmart says it has put measures in place to ensure that its stores continue to operate smoothly during the festive season despite a planned strike by the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu).
The union is yet to say what the strike is about and exactly when it will commence.
Massmart- which owns retail outlets including Game, Makro and Builders Warehouse – has accused Saccawu of intimidating workers who don’t want to join the planned strike.
The giant retailer says it plans to hire experienced temporary workers to keep its stores running normally.
Saccawu Spokesperson, Sithembele Tshwete says the union will announce details of the strike on Tuesday.
Positive growth with sales
In August Massmart confirmed it had a difficult trading period in the first half of this year.
The Group, which was affected by the unrest in July, reported its interim results for the 26 weeks which ended on 27th June.
Mitchell Slape, CEO of Massmart said lockdown restrictions, due to COVID-19, made doing business difficult for them – especially their wholesale department.
Despite this, the Group reported positive growth with sales at R37, 1 billion or a 6.1% increase in the first half.
Video: Massmart reported a profit of R444.2 million (August 2021)
Additional reporting by Amina Accram