Massmart, now owned by US retail giant Walmart, owns retail shops such as Game and Makro. Picture: Leon Sadiki
Retrenched employees of Game, Makro and other stores under the Massmart banner are among hundreds of workers eligible to get their jobs back.
This follows a Competition Appeals Court ruling that it should re- engage the services of 503 employees it retrenched in June 2010, allegedly to suit Walmart’s demands.
During the merger of Walmart and Massmart, unions and government departments demanded that Massmart re-engage the service of these employees because they were allegedly retrenched on demands of Walmart.
They said Walmart never wanted a large wage bill, so Massmart responded by retrenching people during a re-engineering project.
The group has already issued notices to these former employees to report back to work and they will be placed in “comparable positions within the Massmart Group” with immediate effect.
Brian Leroni, Massmart’s group corporate affairs executive confirmed that the reinstatements were directly related to the Competition Appeal Court’s ruling that was handed down on March 9 “and represents Massmart’s commitment to comply with the ruling”.
“The affected employees will be reinstated in comparable positions and conditions within the Massmart Group. The first step involves the affected employees simply establishing direct contact with the group.
“They will then be told exactly what will be required to facilitate the reinstatement process. The easiest way for affected employees to establish contact to facilitate their reinstatement would be to contact Caryn Smith on 0315367800 or Mannie Prithirai on 0313028938,” said Leroni in a written response to The New Age.
Employees may be reinstated in any of Massmart’s divisions, including Cambridge Stores, Makro, Builders Warehouse, Game and others. The former employees are urged to indicate their availability before May 26.