South African unions step up strike threat

Public sector workers in South Africa stepped up threats Wednesday to embark on a strike despite government claims that significant progress had been made in a bitter pay dispute.

South African unions step up strike threat
Public sector workers in South Africa stepped up threats Wednesday to embark on a strike despite government claims that significant progress had been made in a bitter pay dispute.

Officials from the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) said the indefinite strike was on course to begin this Friday unless the government made a sharp increase in their current six percent pay hike offer.

"We are embarking on an indefinite strike until our employers revise their offer drastically," Pinky Mncuba, COSATU's treasurer in the largest province of Gauteng, told a press conference in Johannesburg.

Mncuba said COSATU was ready to study any new offer from the government but poured cold water on claims that the government could not afford to meet the unions' demands for a 12 percent hike in salaries.

"We are not convinced that government has no money," she said.

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