S.African union suspends solidarity strike

September 1, 2010 12:00 am

, JOHANNESBURG, Sep 1 – South Africa\’s miners called off a threatened strike Wednesday to give striking public sector workers time to consider the government\’s latest wage offer.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) had threatened to strike on Thursday in solidarity with government employees who have been out for 15 days.

Announcing its decision, the union said: "The intention of the suspension of the secondary strike is to give public servants sufficient time to consult with members and the state to finalise its talks with labour."

"The NUM would like to emphasise that this is a suspension and as such should a resolution not be found, the NUM reserves its right to strike," said the union, which represents 320,000 workers in South Africa\’s mining sector.

The government has upped its wage offer to public sector workers after President Jacob Zuma on Monday ordered ministers go back to the bargaining table in an effort to end the crippling strike.




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