South Africa: Public Workers Strike Ends After Keeping the Nation On Hold 3 Weeks
Catholic Information Service for Africa (Nairobi)
7 September 2010
Johannesburg — After 21 days of strike, hundreds of thousands of South African public sector workers have returned to work.
However, this is only a suspension of the strike, civil servants’ unions said, refusing the government’s offer to increase employee salaries 7.5 percent and give a grant of 800 rands to cover housing costs. The unions demanded a wage increase of 8.6 percent and a 1,000 rands in housing subsidy.
According to Fides, the unions have given themselves 21 days to finalize an agreement in principle with its members to end the dispute over wages that has caused massive disruption of public services. The union protest has paralyzed schools and hospitals, particularly amongst the poorest families who [continue reading]