Riots by township residents in Sasolburg, South Africa that left two people dead ended after the government agreed to resume talks to resolve protesters’ grievances.
The South African government said it will unilaterally implement a wage rise if striking public sector workers don’t accept the offer.
South African public-service unions, representing 1.3 million teachers, nurses and other state workers, began an indefinite strike after rejecting what the government said was its final offer of a pay increase.
South Africa’s government raised its pay offer to 1.3 million state employees in a bid to avoid a strike that threatens to close schools and hospitals.
South Africa’s government met with union leaders late yesterday to look for solutions to a 10-day strike by state workers that may spread next week to gold and platinum mines.
South African state workers rejected an increased wage offer and vowed to strike on Aug. 10 unless it was improved.
South African President Jacob Zuma said mining strikes are having a “significant” impact on an economy already struggling to cope with Europe’s debt crisis.
South African state workers, including teachers and nurses, began a nationwide strike today after wage talks became deadlocked.
South African government ministers met with public sector workers’ unions to try to end a wage strike by 210,000 teachers, nurses and other state employees and prevent it from spreading.
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.
"Cabinet remains committed to taking the necessary measures to lift the growth potential and competitiveness of the South African economy."
- Richard Baloyi on Oct 11, 2012