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Pretoria Zoo: Striking workers’ demands financially unfeasible

The workers have been on strike since Saturday, demanding that a work-week agreement signed in 2009 be set aside.

FILE: Workers affiliated to the National Trade Union Congress have embarked on a strike at the Pretoria Zoo.  Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Pretoria Zoo says some of its employees affiliated to the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) have been dispersed by police after barricading the entrance to the park on Sunday afternoon.

The workers have been on strike since Saturday, demanding that a work-week agreement signed in 2009, be set aside and to be paid for overtime when working on weekends.

The zoo says workers have violated the regulations of the Gathering Act by blockading and littering at the entrances.

It says it’s not able to meet the demands of the union, adding they are both impractical and financially unfeasible.

Spokesperson Craig Allenby says, “Members of the NTUC that were on strike at the national zoo on Sunday attempted to barricade the entrance to the zoo and also engaged in acts of littering, but this was soon dealt with.

“They were also asked to leave because they were in violation of the Gathering Act in that they hadn’t applied for the necessary permission to gather.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)