SANParks employees are planning a nationwide strike, including at the world-famous Kruger National Park, over unresolved wage disputes and unanswered complaints to management, says a News24 report.

The National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw), on behalf of SANParks employees, said it planned to protest at Kruger Gate on 20 September. Nupsaw will be joined by the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union (Hospersa), which is the majority trade union at SANParks.

Nupsaw spokesperson Kagiso Makoe said the union would be ‘embarking on a nationwide shutdown of SANParks facilities following unresolved wage negotiations because the employer was unwilling to meet the recommendation by the CCMA of giving Nupsaw members a wage increase of 8% as of 1 April’.

The strike, Makoe added, would involve field rangers, field workers, cleaners and administrators at SANParks.

SANParks spokesperson Ike Phaahla reportedly told News24 it had tabled an offer of an 8% salary adjustment for employees falling within the bargaining council.

Phaahla said the proposal was lodged with the CCMA and was rejected by the unions, adding Wednesday had been the final date for the unions to file their picketing rules because they had refused the offer.

No strike ballot has been undertaken among staff to enable the unions to apply to embark on a legal strike. Misinformation has been disseminated, like the threat to embark on a nationwide strike. The no work, no pay rule will be invoked should workers embark on an illegal strike.’

Full News24 report