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Warders not joining strike

2010-08-09 21:32

Johannesburg - Warders will not be joining the public service strike on Tuesday, the national commissioner of correctional services Tom Moyane said on Monday.

Moyane welcomed the decision by the Public Services Association (PSA) to exempt its members in Correctional Services from the public service strike.

He said correctional services was an essential security service institution and in terms of the Labour Relations Act, any industrial action was prohibited.

"Correctional officials are therefore expected not to join the strike action as such action would be illegal."

About 1.3 million public service workers will down tools across the country on Tuesday over a wage dispute.

They are demanding an 8.5% wage increase and R1 000 housing allowance, backdated to April 1.

The unions last week rejected government's revised wage offer of a 7% increase and a R630 housing allowance, as well as a 1.5% fixed pay progression.