SA braces for `total shut-down`

source: Fin24
Aug 10 2010 06:40

Johannesburg – The state braced itself for a shut-down of the public service on Tuesday as 1.3 million public servants planned to stay away from work to demand better wages.

Both members of the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the Independent Labour Caucus (ILC) supported the strike after dismissing a seven percent salary increase offer.

“More than 1.3 million public servants will on Tuesday take part in marches and demonstrations right through the country leading to a total shut-down of the public service,” Cosatu earlier warned in a statement.

National marches would take place in Cape Town and Pretoria, as well as [continue reading]


  1. One very good positive (and I am not condoning the strike action) is that the trade unions waited for the Fifa soccer world cup to end before embarking on strike action.

    This strike will paralyze the service delivery in South Africa, as it has done in 2008. The low income and the poor will suffer the most as they are heavily reliant on government services delivery just to make ends meat.

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