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Public sector wage strike postponed in Western Cape resulting from taxi chaos

  • Public service unions within the Western Cape have determined to postpone their participation within the nationwide day of motion on Tuesday.
  • The choice was made in response to the continuing strike by the South African Nationwide Taxi Council within the province.
  • Whereas different demonstrations within the nationwide day of motion will go forward as deliberate, Western Cape constructions postponed over considerations for members’ security. 
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An ongoing taxi strike within the Western Cape has compelled public service unions within the province to postpone their marches as a part of a one-day strike in regards to the deadlocked public wage talks.

Public service unions affiliated with Cosatu, the SA Federation of Commerce Unions (Saftu), and the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa), representing an estimated 800 000 members, have been imagined to embark on a one-day strike together with marches in all 9 provinces.

Nonetheless, the three federations mentioned within the joint assertion that members within the Western Cape must postpone their demonstrations resulting from a taxi strike by the SA Nationwide Taxi Council (Santaco). Seven unions affiliated with the federations are in deadlocked wage talks with the federal government after rejecting a 3% baseline wage improve provide. 

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Santaco launched into its strike in response to the Western Cape provincial authorities’s resolution to cancel its Blue Dot venture, an initiative geared toward introducing rewards and incentives to taxi operators that enhance their service and street security practices. Monday noticed reviews of buses being set alight within the province because the Santaco strike started.

The three federations mentioned in a press release that management met on Monday to contemplate their choices and determined to postpone a deliberate march in Cape City for the protection of members.

“The management of Cosatu, Fedusa, and Saftu met this morning to replicate on the violent standing of the Santaco motion within the province and the protection of our members and staff. After the provincial engagement with Santaco we got here to the conclusion that the protection of our members is not going to be assured ought to we proceed with the motion,” the assertion mentioned.

The assertion referred to as on Santaco, the Western Cape authorities, and the Metropolis of Cape City to “discover an amicable resolution to the deadlock”. 

Officers in varied unions affiliated with the three federations confirmed that the taxi strike would solely have an effect on the nationwide day of motion within the Western Cape and demonstrations would proceed in different all provinces as deliberate.

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The federations introduced the nationwide day of motion final week after Public Servants’ Affiliation (PSA) held a one-day strike earlier within the month. The federal government mentioned the affect of that strike on the state of public service was minimal.

The PSA mentioned it deliberate to accentuate its demonstrations and was contemplating a boycott of municipal charges in addition to marches to ministers’ houses. 

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