Friday, March 24, 2006

Striking security guards march in Cape Town

By Nadia Samie

Striking security guards in Cape Town, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo are marching for higher wages.

In Cape Town a large crowd of chanting marchers, blowing vuvuzela’s and holding placards, marched through the streets of the CBD, through Woodstock and Salt River, to the soccer field next to the N1 highway. There they will be addressed by SACTWU representatives.

Police blocked the road with two casper vans, cutting off traffic in both directions. There is a large police presence on the scene and the marchers appear to be peaceful at this stage.

It is hoped that today’s talks at the CCMA will end the strike. If the arbitration fails to resolve the wage and working conditions dispute, another strike will follow in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern and Northern Cape next week.

Pic: Adrian Louw, Bush Radio


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