Strike threats by Dept of Home Affairs employees

By Drum Digital
23 March 2015

An extension of working hours has caused employees at the Department of Home Affairs to threaten strike action.

A decision to extend the working hours at the Department of Home Affairs has ruffled some of its employees' feathers. eNCA reports that employees are not all on board for the new operating hours will be 8am until 4pm on weekdays and 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays which will take effect from this Monday. Salary increases seem to be the biggest qualm according to the Public Servants Association as they have come out to say that their employees will be expected to work six-day weeks with no salary increase. The department has disputed that notion, revealing that the employees will be expected to work the same hours that will be spread over the six days. The Department has made its condemnation of the prospective strike action known via a press release by the Director General of the Department Mkuseli Apleni. "We have been reliably informed that there are some officials who are planning to engage in an illegal strike. We therefore wish to send a warning to any official who participates in this illegal activity that the department will not hesitate to exercise its authority and deal decisively with those participating by taking disciplinary measures which may include dismissal."

Whether the employees will heed this request will be discovered over the next few days.

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