Earlier today, the government of South Africa were left to face reality as the majority of workers in the country downed their tools and embarked on industrial action after their talks over wages hit a deadlock.
Led by the leaders of the Public Servants Association that boasts of more than 235,000 members, workers including nurses, immigration workers and some police officers were seen outside the Treasury office in Pretoria holding black placards with the inscription “public servants are bleeding”.
A day earlier, the union had warned that the strike will have a serious impact on the department of home affairs, transport and other important ones in the country citing that the minister of finance’s irresponsible action has further damaged the already weak relations and severe trust deficit between the government and several unions.
In October, the minister in his mini-budget speech said the government led by Cyril Ramaphosa can only afford an average wage increase of 3.3 percent which the union claims weigh below the 6.5 percent they requested for.
The country, just like the rest of Africa is not having the best of times as they have been unable to export their products for weeks due to the strike embarked on by workers at the state rail and port firm.