SANparks strike called off

Cape Town – A strike by an estimated 200 SANparks employees ended on Wednesday when they accepted an original wage increase offer, Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) general secretary Noel Desfontaines said on Thursday.

The striking employees, represented by Hospersa, started with a nation-wide strike on July 26 when they called for a 7.5% wage increase, instead of the 6.1% increase offered by the conservation agency. 

They represent roughly 10% of the estimated 4100 people employed by SANparks and ranged from catering staff to admin clerks and rangers. 

In a statement, Desfontaines said Hospers members believed that the possible gains during negotiations outweighed the losses they would suffer if the strike continued.

He said the labour union will continue fighting for better remuneration and improved working conditions for tourism related employees. 

SANparks spokesperson Janine Raftopoulos welcomed the conclusion of the strike. 

She said SANparks operations were “not affected at all” by the strike and bookings for 2018 opened on August 1 as expected.  

“We would like to extend our gratitude to all the SANParks employees who ensured day to day operations in our Parks were not disrupted and thank our visitors for being patient during this period,” she said. 

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