South Africa Workers On Nationwide Strike Over Rising Costs Of Living
Hundreds of thousands of civil servants in South Africa have embarked on a nationwide strike over wages and working conditions.
Local media have described it as the first major strike by public servants in the decade.
Members of the Public Servants’ Association (PSA) had for weeks staged lunchtime pickets, but have now decided on a full-scale shutdown in major cities across South Africa.
It follows a breakdown in negotiations between the union and the government.
The union is holding firm on its demand for a 6% increase in wages, rejecting the government’s final offer of 3%.