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IEC employees barred from striking

2014-04-08 05:30
(Photo: IEC website)

Johannesburg - Employees of the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) cannot go on strike, the organisation said on Monday.

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

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

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 R320m head office in Centurion, Pretoria.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and AgangSA leader Mamphela Ramphele have also called for her resignation.

The ANC has come out in Tlakula's defence, saying her issues did not impact 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 worker's structure led by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union - to enter into talks with IEC commissioners. 

- SAPA
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