Thursday, May 24, 2007

Trade unions to march to Parliament tomorrow

By Ashley Wichman
24 May 2007

Public service unions are marching together on Friday in protest to the proposed wage increase offered by government, that does not meet the demand by unions.

The march will mark the first time that all public service workers are united in protest. Community organisations supporting the planned 1 June public sector strike will also be marching.

The march will begin at 11 a.m. at Keizersgracht Street and end at Parliament. A memorandum will be handed over to Minister for Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi at 1 p.m.

In addition to the contested wage increase, the unions also want to express their concerns about the collapse of public services, said Tony Ehrenreich, provincial sectary for the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

“Both workers and communities are united in their concerns about what government is doing in regards to public service delivery,” said Ehrenreich.


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