200+ Kruger workers still on strike

2012-04-02 14:09

Johannesburg - More than 200 workers are still on strike at the Kruger National Park (KNP), SA National Parks (SANParks) said on Monday.

SANParks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli said 60 workers had returned to work, but more than 200 workers, who had left their unions, were still striking.

The workers went on strike at the beginning of February.

"We urge them to come back to work as we still apply our policy of no work, no pay."

The workers had abandoned their unions - the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of SA (Hospersa) and the SA Commercial Catering and Allied Workers' Union (Saccawu) - over pay disparities and other labour issues.

"We condemn the violence of workers, acts such as disturbing the peace, littering and asking KNP visitors for money."

Thakhuli said the park had implemented a lock-out procedure. Striking workers were not allowed at KNP facilities until they had resumed their duties.

"The KNP operations are not disrupted. We have rangers and volunteers who are ready to welcome visitors to KNP," Thakhuli said.

He said all workers at the Mapungubwe National Park in Limpopo had returned to work after a six-week labour dispute.

  • Hannes - 2012-04-02 14:26

    this is fcking ridiculous.... st being a ranger is not just a job to make money but for the love of the wild and nature. 2nd, since the beginning of Feb they are on strike, it is April how long can it take to dissolve a dispute like this(sorry forgot it is south Africa) 3rd, what about their families that needs to eat? cant they see they do more harm by staying away under "no work mo pay" method?? if you don't like your job... resign and go look for something better!!!

  • alex.apathetic - 2012-04-02 14:30

    I'm sure the poachers are having a field day

  • Juan - 2012-04-02 14:59

    There are a lot of nature lovers that will take their jobs for the pay and benefits they getting at the moment. Fire them and replace them!

      Mark - 2012-04-02 16:11

      Yes fire them. I am sure some or other corrupt Municipality needs exactly that type of Employee in order to further their non-service-delivery ethos.

  • Morne - 2012-04-02 16:06

    Hunting season for the poachers!

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-04-02 16:15

    I wonder if anyone notices that they are on wise,I mean?

  • Ant - 2012-04-02 16:18

    An utter disgrace....all this whilst the rhino and other animals are being poached. SANParks and these striking workers are perfect examples of what is wrong with this country.

  • Irene - 2012-04-02 16:33

    Easy solution. Fire the whole lot of them. If they don't like their jobs or their pay, they're free to look for other work. Voetsek!

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-04-02 19:17

    fire the bloody lot , there are alot of jobless people out there looking for a stable job

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