South Africa: Zuma urged to end strike
August 30 2010 at 08:36AM
By Gaye Davis, Xolani Mbanjwa and Aziz Hartley
Intense behind-the-scenes moves are under way to bring the government and unions together for informal talks in a bid to break the deadlock and avert the possibility of the crippling public sector strike lasting a third week.
Analysts have said the strike – and the cracks developing between President Jacob Zuma and his allies, Cosatu and the ANC Youth League, represent the greatest challenge and the weakest point of his administration so far.
Cosatu is piling on the pressure, with the labour federation’s secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi warning of a “total shutdown” of the economy, by drawing in private sector unions in a wave of sympathy strikes, set to begin on [continue reading]