ALERT: Visitors warned SANParks strike to cause gate delays

2017-07-14 16:03
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Cape Town - Visitors to South Africa's national parks should be aware that a strike will take place over the next few days, as SANParks and unions have reached a wage negotiation deadlock.

South African National Parks (SANParks) management says it has receiving a notice to strike by workers affiliated to the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA).

“We can confirm receipt of the intention to strike by workers affiliated to HOSPERSA however we expect the striking workers to act within the law and respect the rights of non-striking workers," says SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni.  

As such, picketing rules have not been finalised. 

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'Operations will continue as normal'

Mketeni says while outsource services such as restaurants and retail stores will continue as normal, SANParks managed operations including hospitality and gates are likely to experience some service delays  

“We will activate contingency plans in all the parks to ensure that guests enjoy their holidays with minimal interruption.

"We will be monitoring the situation very closely and expect the striking workers to act within the law and respect the rights of park guests and employees who have elected not to join the strike. We urge booked guests not to cancel and those planning visits to continue booking through our various reservation channels," he says.

The wage deadlock is around SANParks management offering 6% plus a 1% pay progression which brings the total offer to 7%, while Hospersa is demanding 9% for its members.   

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