With regards to the wave of industrial actions that arise from the annual round of collective bargaining I wish to reiterate my position that I urge parties to meaningfully engage and endeavour to reach agreement on wages and conditions of employment.
I also wish to bring to their attention that these public sectors are critical to the economy of the country and, therefore, prolonging the strike is not in the public interest, hence the parties must talk and talk until an amicable agreement is reached. The parties should strive at all times to build on the strength of the country’s collective bargaining system. Where settlements are not achievable, workers of course have the right to strike and to protest peacefully as embodied in the Constitution of South Africa.
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