Tuesday, August 10, 2010

SA braces for "total shut-down"

SA braces for 'total shut-down'

Aug 10 2010 06:40

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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 provincial marches in other cities.
Schools and hospitals had made contingency plans for the strike, while the department of correctional services said warders would not participate.
The unions last week rejected government's revised wage offer of a seven percent increase and a R630 housing allowance, as well as a 1.5% fixed pay progression.
Workers were demanding an 8.6% wage increase and a R1 000housing allowance, backdated to April 1.
- Sapa

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