South Africa: Strike looms as wage talks intensify

source: IOL
July 20 2010 at 12:26AM

The Public Service and Administration Department said on Monday it would be meeting unions again this week in a bid to avert a potential strike after a deadlock in negotiations some weeks ago.

Spokesperson Dumisani Nkwamba said they were handling the matter on an “urgency basis”.

“We are doing what we can to avert the strike considering matric exams are coming up.

“The minister (Richard Baloyi) plans on having another meeting some time this week with the unions,” said Nkwamba.

He said unions affiliated to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) were still consulting with their members. Most members had so far rejected an offer of a 6.5-percent increase across the [continue reading]

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