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.
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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%.