The Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union has filed an urgent application with the labour court seeking an interdict against Shoprite Holdings for temporarily employing staff to replace those on strike. Nafau, the Namibia Press Agency reports, claims that Shoprite Holdings employed about 390 fixed-term workers countrywide to work during the strike. This the union said is despite the company having signed a rule of strike agreement on 7 December which states that Shoprite Holdings will not require non-strikers or any employee to perform the duties, functions, or work of the legally striking employees. The parties are scheduled to sit for a hearing on Wednesday before High Court Judge Shafimana Ueitele. Employees of Shoprite, Checkers, and Usave have been on a countrywide strike since 23 November demanding better wages and working conditions.
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