Employees not allowed to strike – IEC

2014-04-08 08:17

Employees of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) cannot go on strike, the organisation has said.

“[They] are barred from embarking on any strike since their services were declared essential services by Parliament,” spokesperson Kate Bapela said yesterday.

City Press reported on Sunday that the commission’s workers threatened to strike if chairperson Pansy Tlakula was not removed before the May 7 elections.

Read: Elections face strike threat

Tlakula has been fingered in an independent forensic audit as well as Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report into the leasing of the IEC’s R320 million head office in Centurion, Pretoria.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphela have also called for her resignation.

The African National Congress has come to Tlakula’s defence, saying her issues did not affect the credibility of the elections.

City Press reported that organisers of the unprecedented strike said it was supported by more than 90% of IEC employees who had mandated the national negotiating forum – a workers’ structure led by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union – to enter into talks with IEC commissioners.

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