strike thumb medium85 85Sowetan reports that employees of broadcasting watchdog the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) spent most of Tuesday locked in meetings with their employer in a bid to end a strike which started on Monday.  

Two hundred workers downed tools demanding that management agree to their demands, which include the payment of salary increases dating back to 2014.  Indicating yesterday that the strike was still ongoing but that operations “were not necessarily at a standstill as some of the employees were reporting for duty”, Icasa spokesman Paseka Maleka said Icasa was prepared to negotiate.  Consultant Bheki Mavundla, who is representing the striking workers, said on Tuesday afternoon the striking workers were still consulting and getting a mandate after meeting with management earlier.  According to Mavundla, the strike was sparked by a 2014 decision by Icasa to implement “organisational realignment”.  He said Icasa had promised the process would not affect salaries of employees.  At the time the workers were represented by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which was later dumped by workers after it failed to support their resolution to go on strike last year.

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