Home Affairs warned of strike after negotiations with labour unions fail

Labour unions have given Home Affairs notice of the strike - due to start in about two weeks’ time - after conciliation efforts failed this week.

A Department of Home Affairs office. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA -Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni has announced an intended strike by labour unions which is expected to affect all its offices - but he remains hopeful that the mass action can be avoided.

Labour unions have given the department notice of the strike - due to start in about two weeks’ time - after conciliation efforts failed this week.

The parties are deadlocked on the demand for overtime pay for work on Saturdays, the department has offered a day off instead of payment.

Director General Mkuseli Apleni says the department simply can’t afford to pay overtime.

“The proposal is officials be granted a day off on Wednesdays for every Saturday worked. We are not in a financial position to consider and accede to the demand for overtime pay”

Apleni says all its offices will be affected if the strike goes ahead.

“The Department of Home Affairs has got civic offices, Home Affairs provides services at our ports of entry and then we have got our refugee reception offices.”

The director general has appealed to the unions to consider the offer and avert strike action.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)