Unions announce public service strike

2010-08-06 11:00

More than 1.3 million public servants affiliated to Cosatu and the Independent Labour Caucus would go on strike on Tuesday after failed wage negotiations, the unions said.

The general secretary of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union, Mugwena Maluleke, told the media in Midrand that the unions had rejected the government’s offer yesterday.

Workers will march and demonstrate throughout the country.

“The strike will lead to a complete shutdown of the public service,” Maluleke said.

“National marches will take place in Cape Town and Pretoria, and provincial marches will take place in all cities across the country.”

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

The workers are demanding a hike of 8.6% and R1 000 housing allowance, backdated to April 1.

Maluleke said the march in Cape Town on Tuesday would start at 10am and would lead from Keizersgracht Street to Parliament.

In Pretoria, the march would start at 8am at Schubart Park and would lead to the Union Buildings. It would end at Schubart Park at 11am.

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