Public Servants Unions demand 10% wage increase

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Members of the public servants unions embarked on a strike on Tuesday as part of the ‘National Action Day’ in demanding a 10% wage increase.

This comes after government has proposed to implement an increase of 3% for all public servants.

Today, workers from different sectors and unions participated in a ‘tools down’ march to voice their disagreement with the proposed 3% wage increase.

Baragwanath strike

Public servants affiliated to various unions closed roads and entrances near the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto on Tuesday morning in protest against low wages.

They include members from the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa, the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers and the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union.

Chanting songs with posters and placards in hand, workers say they are ‘tired of working for peanuts’ and have rejected government’s proposed wage offer of 3%.

Unions demands

After marching from Burghers Park to the National Treasury building in Pretoria, the unions made several demands to the government. Part of those demands is the 10% wage increase to the public servants.

Video – National Day of Action | Public servants arrive at National Treasury in Tshwane:

Minister of Employment and Labour of South Africa Thulas Nxesi was present to meet with the union representatives for the official handover and signing of memorandum.

The unions have given government seven days to respond and meet their demands or they will embark on a national shutdown.