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To: Richard Brasher, Pick n Pay CEO
Say no to automated tills
Publicly commit to not introduce automated tills at all Pick n Pay stores.
Why is this important?
Recently, Pick n Pay said it is cutting its workforce by 10% . The CEO is quoted as saying "These roles and functions were no longer required due to improvements in organisation, planning and technology," These “improvements” will have devastating effects on the low-level staff. It is a clear move to cut jobs and save costs, and thus increase earnings.
Just last year, the retailer announced that it was going to introduce automated tills . It is concerning that in just a little over a year after this, Pick n Pay is cutting jobs at this scale. The reason given then was that automation would make shopping easier and convenient for shoppers. This had no regard for the many workers who will be out of jobs when this is introduced.This is also confirmed by the company when it said, "In subsequent years, the reduction in employee numbers will have a significant positive impact on the operating costs of the group, creating additional headroom to reduce prices and improve value for customers,". Simply put this job cutting exercise by Pick n Pay looks like a profit-maximising measure and has nothing to do with the lives of workers.
With the rising levels of chronic unemployment in Mzansi, we cannot allow such a move to go unchallenged. Business cannot be allowed to put profits over people!
 We had no choice but to offer voluntary retrenchment. An article by Ray White of EWN. 31 July 2017
 Furore over Pick n Pay’s self service tills. An article by Admire Moyo. 29 September 2016