Home Affairs Dept could be hit by strike next week

Earlier this month, the department announced it’ll be introducing extended hours from Monday.

Department of Home Affairs. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Home Affairs Department could be hit by a strike over its proposed amendment of operating hours if the department and unions fail to reach an agreement at a conciliation meeting next month.

Earlier this month, the department announced it'll be introducing extended hours from Monday.

Trade union Public Servants Association (PSA) says that the main issue is that the department changed a five day work week, to six days, without additional remuneration.

PSA's Leon Gilbert says, "The way they worked on Saturdays, they'd get a day off during the week as compensation for the overtime worked on Saturdays, and that has been changed."

The department says the extended hours will not change the maximum number of hours officials are required to work per week.