strike thumb medium85 85BDLive reports that South Africa has been hit by wage-related strikes across several sectors, including energy, telecommunications and petrochemicals.  

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) downed tools at Telkom on Thursday.  The Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) strike in the petrochemical sector is now in its second week.  Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) continued with a work stoppage at power utility Eskom on Thursday, despite an interdict (an agreement with the NUM to end the dispute was reached early on Friday morning).  CWU members marched through Sandton on Thursday, vowing to intensify strike action in the telecommunications sector.  Telkom said on Thursday that about 700 of its 12,400 unionised staff had been confirmed to be on strike, although that number could be revised.  "We did not experience any significant operational issues as a result of the strike," Telkom’s Jacqui O’Sullivan said.  The CWU is also demanding that MTN end outsourcing.


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