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SANParks workers set to strike over salary dispute

SANParks has refused to revise its offer of 7% while employees affiliated to the health and other services personnel trade union of South Africa are demanding 9%.

The Kruger National Park. Picture: @SANParksKNP/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – Workers at all national parks across the country are set to go on strike after a deadlock in negotiations over salaries.

SANParks has refused to revise its offer of 7% while employees affiliated to the Health and Other Services Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) are demanding 9%.

Negotiations failed even after the CCMA intervened.

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

“And those that we foresee that are going to come this year given all the various things that we have to check up and the costs that are going to increase due to the devaluation of the rand.

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