South Africa: Strike Suspended, But Unions Keep Options Open
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Wilson Johwa and Alistair Anderson
7 September 2010
Johannesburg — PUBLIC sector unions suspended their strike yesterday, but threatened more action if their original demands are not met.
The three-week-long strike was called off pending the outcome of negotiations that resumed yesterday and will run for 21 days.
Union officials said the suspension of the strike did not equate to acceptance of the offer of a 7,5% wage increase and R800 housing allowance. “It doesn’t mean that now that we’re negotiating, we’re accepting the offer,” said Thobile Ntola, president of the South African Democratic Teachers Union.
Public servants are expected to resume normal operations today, bringing relief to public schools and hospitals, which have been the worst affected. Matric preliminary exams in several provinces were postponed. Some schools were disrupted by [continue reading]