South Africa: Public workers plan strike

July 21 2010 at 10:55PM
source: IOL
By Peroshni Govender

About 180 000 workers in the public service sector will strike on July 29 after wage negotiations with the government became deadlocked, a union official said on Thursday.

State workers including nurses, teachers, police and immigration officers rejected the government’s 6.5-percent wage offer and are demanding an 8.6-percent increase and a R1 000 monthly housing allowance.

“We have been issued a certificate to strike and the strike may be much larger if Cosatu-affiliated unions join us,” said Public Servants Association (PSA) spokesperson Manie De Clercq.

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