Home affairs employees threaten strike action

PSA union says the department changed a five day work week to six days without additional remuneration.

The Home Affairs Department. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the Department of Home Affairs prepares to implement extended operating hours to the public from tomorrow its employees are threatening to down tools.

Trade union, Public Servants Association (PSA) and the department reached a deadlock on the proposed operation hours at a meeting on Friday.

PSA says the main issue is that the department has changed a five day work week to six days without additional remuneration.

The department has however argued that staff will still work a 40 hour week spread over six days.

The union says if talks fail at a conciliation meeting set for next month, its members will embark on protest action.

PSA's Leon Gilbert said, "It's not only inconvenient but it's expensive for members and employees don't mind working on a Saturday but they should then get a day off during the week."