Workers at leading chain store Shoprite in most parts of the country have gone on strike, forcing the firm to close.
A check at Manda Hill, Chilenje and Cairo road found protesting workers outside chanting anti-management slogans.
A few workers who spoke on condition of anonymity said working conditions in Shoprite almost to modern day slavery.
They revealed that some them received as low as K800 depending on the hours they work and that majority of the workers at most Shoprite store take home a paltry K1,200.
A female employee said, “We do a lot of work here. There is exploitation of workers in Shoprite but we are paid peanuts. These people are making a lot of money but they pay us poorly.”
“I work at the till and on average I make K60,000 per day but imagine the fact that Shoprite Manda Hill has over 20 tills and they all make the same per day. How much money do you think these people make? And yet they still pay us peanuts.”
The workers appealed to President Edgar Lungu to intervene and direct Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda to take to task Shoprite management’s failure to implement salary increments that were agreed up last year after another strike action.
And PF Media Committee Member Sunday Chanda has accused UPND President Hakainde Hichilema of being behind the latest strike action at Shoprite.
“We know that HH owns shares in Shoprite and he is working with management to offer slave wages to Shoprite workers in order to force them to down tools. Once that is done, HH hopes to gain political capital from this situation,” Mr Chanda said.
“As the PF we are hereby challenging Shoprite Zambia General Manager Charles Bota to come out clean and deny the political hand from HH in this strike. We as PF know that this action is political because of HH’s share ownership in Shoprite,” he said.
When reached for a comment, Mr Bota refused to issue any comment.