Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Public sector strike noted as more unified


By Odette Ismail

13 June 2007

Protestors once again came out in their numbers in front of parliament on Wednesday in support of the public servants strike after wage talks last night failed to reach a settlment.
Various union leaders addressed the masses saying they will stand firm with their members again on Friday if their demands are not met.

Unions have rejected the offer of 7.25% and are pushing for 10%, but SADTU’s General Secretary Thulas Nxesi says they are still committed to their demand of 12%.

The crowds were unified carrying posters, demanding not only a wage increase but better benefits. Some were waving placards saying “Down with government propaganda” and “We want decent pay for decent work.”

They have vowed to down tools again if an agreement is not reached.

Cosatu’s Provincial secretary, Tony Ehrenreich told the crowd that they will reinstate all companies who have ordered dismissal letters. “We are ready to negotiate but we will never sell our members out.” says Ehrenreich.

Public Services and Administration Minister Geraldine Frasier-Moleketi was reportedly not willing to go out into the crowds to accept a memorandum from unions. It is believed she wanted three representatives but Ehrenreich told the protesters that this was not a form of unity.

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