43?000 in KZN set to strike

2010-07-23 00:00

ABOUT 43 000 government employees in KwaZulu-Natal who are affiliated to the Public Servants’ Association (PSA) are likely to take part in a nationwide strike over wage increases, which is planned to start next Thursday.

This follows indications by various unions on Wednesday that they intend to strike over a deadlock with government on salary negotiations.

A protest march will be held from Botha Park to the Durban city hall.

KZN PSA leaders told The Witness yesterday that virtually every sector of government in the province will be affected.

They said that of the 43 000 members, 12 000 are teachers and that they are expecting PSA members in the Road Traffic Inspectorate, hospitals, courts and immigration centres to join the strike.

“There will no one at all at the [traffic] testing centres throughout the province. There will be no testing for learner’s licences and driver’s licences … We have majority membership in the Home Affairs Department, and our immigration officers will not be working and the clinics will be closed,” said PSA labour relations officer Roshan Lil-Ruthan.

Lil-Ruthan said they want to make sure that maximum disruption is caused in all the sectors of government. They have various other campaigns to disrupt services that will be unveiled in the next few days.

He said there will be no traffic officers on duty during morning and afternoon peak hours for the duration of the strike.

The union’s provincial manager, Andre van Schalkwyk, said the government’s offer of a 6,5% increase in wages is absurd compared to the salary increases granted by parastatals recently.

The PSA liaison officer, Mbongeni Mbanjwa, said that on the day of the march, about 10 000 of the association’s members will be expected to be bussed to Durban from various areas in the province.

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