Staff at JHB Zoo call off strike

Zoo management has thanked a team of volunteers that helped during the strike over the weekend.

The public was barred from visiting Jo’burg Zoo as workers downed tools over salary disparities last week. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Staff at the Johannesburg Zoo have called off their strike and are back at work today.

The unprotected strike over salary grading and progression forced the Zoo to close its doors on Friday, after some staff took part in an unprotected strike.

Johannesburg City Parks spokesperson, Jenny Moodley, says management is in talks with labour representatives and is negotiating through the bargaining council.

"We now have the full contingent of employees at the Zoo and operations resumed and it's business as usual at the Zoo."

Moodley said over 300 volunteers helped keep the doors open over the weekend.

"On behalf of the management of the Johannesburg City Parks and the Zoo, we'd like to extend our appreciation."

On Friday, school children, who had arrived for their annual visit to the zoo, had to be turned away.