Public service workers to strike
Van Blerk (2007-05-16)
At a meeting in Johannesburg on 15 May 2007, leaders of the eight COSATU-affiliated public service unions agreed upon a programme of mass action culminating in an indefinite national strike beginning on 28 May 2007. This is in pursuit of the claim for a 12% wage increase and improvements to housing, medical and other benefits.
The strike will be preceded by a night vigil at Parliament on 20-21 May and marches and rallies in every province on 25 May, coordinated by Joint Management Committees in each province. A meeting with the non-COSATU unions is to be held later this week to coordinate a joint programme of action uniting all public sector workers.
The unions reaffirm that while they are resolute in support of their legitimate and justified demands, they are ready at any time to re-enter negotiations if the government comes forward with a significantly improved offer.