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1.3 Million Public Servants Entered a Tenth Day of Striking

About 1.3 million public servants, both from Cosatu and the Independent Labour Caucus, entered a tenth day of striking on Friday to push for an 8.6% salary increase and R1 000 monthly housing allowance.


Later on Friday, Cosatu provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile said Cosatu affiliates intended embarking on a strike in solidarity with public servants on Thursday and bringing Gauteng's economy "to a standstill".He said striking unions would target the department of finance, the SA Reserve Bank, the department of housing, Business Unity SA and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.During a briefing in Johannesburg, Cosatu said it was very concerned about the impact the current strike action had on the poor communities and the working class."We believe that government should take full responsibility for this state of affairs," said Dakile.Health institutions have been heavily affected due to the strike and demonstrated a serious need for the introduction of the national health insurance.Cosatu noted the deaths in hospitals reported by hospital chief executive officers and government officials and said "they report these deaths as if before the strikes there had never been people dying in hospitals"

COSATU In Solidarity With Public Service Workers