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Unions vow to shut down W Cape

2010-08-19 18:28

Cape Town - Unions have vowed to "shut down the entire public service" in the Western Cape on Friday.

However in a statement issued on Thursday they said that provision would be made for essential services.

The unions included the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, the SA Police Union, the SA Democratic Teachers' Union, the Cape Teachers Professional Association, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union, and the Public Servants Association.

They said they collectively represented 97% of all public service employees in the Western Cape.

"There (will) however be provision made for the provision of essential services through the finalisation of minimum service level agreement(s)," they said.

This meant the health of people requiring emergency services would not be compromised.

The unions said workers would have to be compensated for pay lost as a result of the strike, so that gains in pay levels were not undone by wages lost.