Black People : Million Man ; Strike in South Africa

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    Actually over a million sisters and brothers

    Published on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 by Reuters
    More than 1 Million South Africa State Workers Strike

    by Jon Herskovitz

    JOHANNESBURG - More than one million South African state workers went on strike for more pay on Wednesday, threatening a prolonged action they say will bring the government in Africa's largest economy to a halt.

    [South African state workers seeking higher wages take part in a strike outside the Natalspruit hospital, east of Johannesburg, August 18, 2010. (REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko)]The strike, punctuated by reported scuffles at hospitals and schools, is not immediately expected to have a major economic impact but a protracted work stoppage could hurt commerce at home and trade abroad.

    "We have nothing to lose but the chains that bind us," said Norman Mampane, national spokesman for the POPCRU police and prison guards' union, which is one of the groups in the labour coalition representing about 1.3 million state workers.

    The labour action is expected to escalate on Thursday as more unions join the work stoppage with protests including teachers trying to block one of the main highways into Johannesburg and hospital employees staging pickets outside emergency rooms.

    Local media reported some pushing and shoving between striking workers and managers at a few hospitals and schools during Wednesday's action.
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    Hopefully they get the raise they deserve. :)
     
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    Violence erupts during South Africa strike
    By ERIC NAKI (AP) – 1 hour ago


    JOHANNESBURG — A newborn died Thursday as he was being rushed from a rural government clinic shut down by South Africa's civil service strike, an example of the costs of a strike that has hit hospitals, schools and courts across the country.

    On the second day of the strike, Mpho Gabane, health department spokesman in the eastern province of Mpumalanga, said the baby's mother had gone to the clinic in labor and experiencing complications, and found no nurses or doctors. The woman in her 20s was being taken by ambulance to another clinic, but gave birth on the way. Gabane blamed the baby's death on the strike.

    "We say outright this is related to the strike because had she been attended to earlier the child could have been saved," Gabane told The Associated Press by phone.

    The Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, called for the government and workers to come together to end the strike quickly, saying people were suffering. Makgoba also called for hospital staff and other essential workers to return to work immediately....

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    South Africa Police, State Workers Clash as Wage Strike Enters Third DayS
    By Mike Cohen and Nicky Smith - Aug 20, 2010 11:23 AM ET



    South African police clashed with state workers who protested outside government buildings on the third day of a wage strike that has shut schools and clinics.

    Police used water cannons to disperse protesters at Johannesburg’s Helen Joseph Hospital today, video shown by Cape Town-based e News Channel showed. Officers broke up a group of strikers who blocked roads to a hospital and a courthouse in the town of Chatsworth in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, police said.

    The government “has noted with concern the violent acts of intimidation and public violence” associated with the strike,’’ it said in an e-mailed statement today. “Steps will be taken against strikers or sympathizers who intimidate staff or members of the public, or commit acts of hooliganism, destruction of property or violence.”

    While state employees are demanding an 8.6 percent pay increase and a housing allowance of 1,000 rand ($136) a month, the government says it can’t afford to raise its offer of a 7 percent increase and a 700 rand allowance. South Africa’s annual inflation rate is currently 4.2 percent.

    Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi met with union officials today “to try and persuade them to understand the government offer,” Dumisani Nkwamba, Baloyi’s spokesman, said by telephone from Pretoria. Asked if the wage offer may be increased, he replied, “absolutely not.”

    ‘Intensifying’

    Unions representing about 1.3 million state workers say their members struggle to get by on their current salaries and that the strike will continue until their demands are met.

    “The strike will be intensifying all around the country,” Sizwe Pamla, a spokesman for the 250,000-member National Educati....

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-...ll-force-to-monitor-state-workers-strike.html
     
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