Labour minister Utoni Nujoma says the government supports a call for members of the public to stop buying from Shoprite stores and its subsidiaries until the company resolves the ongoing labour stand-off with its employees. The Namibian newspaper reports Nujoma said in a statement issued yesterday that “By now it is public knowledge that the union (Nafau) has been asking the public and other consumers not to buy from Shoprite and its subsidiaries until the strike/dispute is resolved. The ministry supports this position.” Full-time workers at Shoprite earn between N$1 200 and N$2 500 per month, which Nujoma said is low compared to the average wage of Namibian workers, which is slightly above N$6 000. The minister further expressed concern that the company employs a large number of casual workers whose wages are as little as half of those on permanent contracts.