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protestPretoria News reports that educational trips for school children and visits to the National Zoological Gardens of SA had to be rescheduled on Thursday as workers gathered at the entrance of the Zoo to picket over unfair treatment.  

Workers led by the National Trade Union Congress had been given the go-ahead to picket by the CCMA.  Union branch secretary Frans Rasethe said labour representatives had been unable to get management to pay all its employees equally and for working conditions at the Zoo to be improved.  He referred to members’ complaints about the lack of medical aid and about housing allowances not being paid to them since they were transferred to the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in April 2018.  According to Rasethe, since the transfer from the National Research Foundation, no benefits had been paid to workers in the cleaning, conservation and feeding, finance and landscape departments.  “We tried to speak to the CEO and they informed us they don't have the authority to release the funds, hence our president attempted to seek assistance from the Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries.  We will strike until our demands are met as it’s not fair for some people to work seven days and receive overtime pay while others don’t get it,” Rasethe said.

  • Read the full original of Goitsemang Tlhabye’s report on this story at Pretoria News

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