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Private sector strikes take off in South Africa

Issue No. 2217

Some 50,000 workers across the South African water industry walked out on strike on Monday of this week over pay.

The strike will shut down the country’s water supply within days.

Car workers struck for ten days this month stopping production at all South African car plants and winning a 10 percent wage increase.

Their union has announced action across car components plants demanding a 20 percent pay rise and improved conditions.

On Monday workers in the tyre and rubber industry walked out on indefinite strike shutting Dunlop, Bridgestone and Continental tyre operations.

Another 1,700 miners at Richards Bay Minerals are striking over pay.

Around 600 workers at Exarro Sands mineral mine in Kwazulu Natal have been striking for over a week.

They may spread the action if their demand for a 14 percent pay increase is not met.

Retail workers are threatening strikes over pay and conditions.

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