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Hospersa files notice for strike at national parks

Workers affiliated to the union are preparing to go on strike from Monday morning.

Addo Elephant National Park. Picture: Addo Elephant National Park

JOHANNESBURG - The Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) says it has filed a notice to strike at all national parks across the country.

Workers affiliated to the union are preparing to go on strike from Monday morning.

They're demanding a 9% wage increase, while the park is offering 7%.

The union's Noel Desfontaines says the increase offered by the park won’t make a difference.

“Because of the value of the rand right now, the bank power of lower and middle class workers it affects them very badly. We think that giving them just a CPI increase, our workers won’t be any better off.”

Negotiations failed even after the CCMA intervened.

SANParks’ Janine Raftopoulos says workers need to consider the parks' operational costs.

“We’ve offered what we considered the fairest and the best interest of running the entity as it stands.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)