27 July 2009
UP TO 150000 municipal workers are set to go on strike today, the latest action in a wave of labour upheaval in key sectors of an economy already hard hit by recession.
Another strike is looming at Telkom , where the Communication Workers Union is today expected to give the company a 48-hour notice to strike. And the chemical sector strike, which began last Monday and involves 40000 workers, is set to continue this week despite an improved offer from employers on Friday. Affected companies include Afrox , Sasol and Omnia .
The latest strike action comes against the background of increasingly strident service delivery protests, with police warning at the weekend that the protests could escalate further in the run-up to the 2011 local government election.
Communities in Siyathemba, Balfour, and Thokoza in Alberton last week protested against inadequate public services such as sanitation, housing and medical care.