necsa1Netwerk24 reports that the Pelindaba reactor might have to be shut down this week as a result of the biggest strike ever at the facility.  

Nearly 70% of the work force of the Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) intends to go on strike on Tuesday and there will apparently not be enough specialists at work to keep the reactor safely operational.  Pelindaba is where SA’s research on nuclear energy is undertaken and where medical isotopes are manufactured.  The National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) and the Pelindaba Workers’ Union (PWU) gave notice of the strike on Friday.  Necsa is offering salary increases of between 4.6% en 5.6%.  The unions are demanding 7% to 12% and a 13th cheque, among other demands.  Another problem relates to the appointment of at least two managers from outside, while there are apparently suitably qualified internal candidates. (Loosely translated from Afrikaans)

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