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Strike in South Africa expands
The government has called in police and thousands of troops to maintain security at hospitals and schools after strikers threatened essential service workers who had not stopped working.
The government last week threatened to fire striking nurses and yesterday began handing out dismissal notices to hospital staff. But nurses maintained their protest outside Johannesburg”s Baragwanath Hospital, the largest in Africa.
“We will make sure that no one is dismissed,” he said.
Mr. Madisha said that even if the government yields to unions’ demand for a 10 percent wage rise, COSATU will not accept any offer until all workers are reinstated.
“We are not talking re-employment. We are talking about them going back to work,” he told a group of striking nurses in Pretoria. “What the government is doing now is taking them out of work and then re-employing them so that they start from the beginning. That is wrong. We cannot allow that,” he said.
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