Zuma slams violent strikers

2010-08-19 15:29

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has condemned threats of violence by some union leaders against non-striking workers, the SABC reported on Thursday.

Speaking in the Western Cape where he is conducting a door-to-door campaign, as part of the ANC's Imvuselelo (revival) membership recruitment campaign, Zuma acknowledged that workers had a right to strike.

He also said that workers should respect the rights of those who did not want to be part of the strike.

Zuma expressed his concern about statements by some union leaders that the strike would be indefinite, SABC radio reported.

His remarks were made on the second day of a nationwide strike by public servants, which had led to serious service disruptions at schools and state hospitals.

Unions were demanding an 8.6% wage increase and a R1 000 housing allowance.

However, government was offering a 7% salary increase, a R700 monthly housing allowance and an annual pay progression of 1.5% for which 90% of employees qualify.