While we respect the right to protest peacefully and lawfully, the safety of our employees and customers comes first.
For this reason, Woolworths has filed a court application to protect our employees and customers from the increasing unlawful protests inside our stores.
Paula Disberry, Group Director: Retail Operations at Woolworths said, “The unlawful protest actions inside our stores have had a profound effect on many of our employees and customers. We respect the right of BDS to protest, but we are seeking to prevent protests inside our stores. ”Unfortunately their campaign has extended beyond raising awareness and includes actions such as intimidation of customers and employees, restricting access and preventing customers from shopping. Products have also been damaged. The recent statements by BDS to ramp up their protest action has given us no choice but to take legal steps. It is our responsibility to ensure that our customers and employees feel safe in our stores, free of disruption, abuse and intimidation.”
Woolworths has applied for the interdict because:
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