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The embattled African National Congress (ANC) is facing yet another crisis, with its staff downing tools as of Thursday, 26 August 2021, embarking on a nationwide strike.
According to a statement released by the staff, they were forced to make the difficult decision of downing tools due to the attitudes of the political party’s management. Further stating, the said leadership have allegedly continued to disregard various concerns raised by several staff during the ANC’s nationwide strike in June.
Regarding their requests, the workers are demanding that staff who have been working for the party for more than 18 months be employed on a permanent basis. In addition, a core reason for the strike, the staff are demanding that their outstanding salaries be paid immediately for July and August.
Moreover, the protestors want the relevant monies owed to both the provident fund and UIF to be paid immediately.
A letter by the ANC General Manager Febe Potgieter-Gqubule informed staff that the political party is not yet in a position to pay the outstanding salaries for July 2021, and unfortunately, August 2021 salaries would also be delayed.
As staff now embark on protest action, the ANC has released a statement stating that it has been made aware of the strike in support of the grievances aired in June 2021 and the late payment of the salaries. And that due to this “wildcat strike”, ANC offices throughout the country will be closed on Thursday, 26 August 2021.
“The ANC management will continue to engage with staff representatives on their grievances, with a view to find a solution, so that we can resume operations.”
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