Back up staff in place ahead of PSA strike
By Jurina Nkwazi
9 August 2010
Public service managers will have to leave the comfort of their offices to perform priority duties while tens of thousands of public servants take to the streets in all the major cities tomorrow.
Civil servants will come out on strike over a wage dispute.
“We getting ready for Tuesday’s mass action and we are estimating more than a million public servants will down tools,” The Public Servants Association (PSA) said on Monday.
The PSA are calling for an 8.6 percent increase as well as R1000 housing subsidy. However, government has offered a 7 percent increase.
Unions are planning to march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria and to Parliament in Cape Town, on Tuesday after failed talks.
“Part of the contingency plans in place to deal with the work stoppage is getting contract workers and senior managers to perform essential services,” said Public Service and Administration Ministry spokesperson Dumisani Nkwamba.