[lg policy] Dis-Chem faces striking employees amid claims of African language ban

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 11:14:39 EST 2018

 Dis-Chem faces striking employees amid claims of African language ban

Author: Samantha Riddle Updated: 22 hours ago Views: 163 Category: Mzansi
news - Dis-Chem managers allegedly force floor staff to speak only English
to clients - Humiliating and degrading Mickey Mouse Ears compulsory for
disgruntled staff members - Employees embark on a National strike,
demanding an increase in minimum wages as well as annual bonuses PAY
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News on your News Feed! Leading retail giant Dis-Chem has been dealt some
crippling blows this last week. With staff embarking on a strike after
numerous claims of mistreatment by management including not being able to
speak indigenous African languages to clients, being made to wear Mickey
Mouse ears and not even being allowed to check their phones while at work.
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on the app City Press reported that when they put these claims to the chief
executive for the company, Ivan Saltzman, he didn’t seem to know what they
were talking about. He claimed that there was no such language policy in
place and that the ears, a sales gimmick, were not compulsory. He made no
comment on the phone allegations. A ban on African Languages City Press
further stated that a furious reader had written in to tell them a cashier,
whom he had greeted in isiZulu had responded in English. The staff member
explained to him that a Dis-Chem policy prohibited floor staff from spe
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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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