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strike thumb medium85 85SowetanLive reports that fourteen game reserves owned by the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) have been shut since Tuesday after employees downed tools demanding better working conditions and for those in acting positions to be appointed permanently.

The employees, led by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu), picketed outside the MTPA head office in Mbombela. Nehawu’s Welcome Mnisi advised: “This employer does not have an ear, they don’t listen. We said before they advertise the posts let us roll out [the] recruitment process, let us finalise the placement plan. But the arrogance from the employer is that they were not willing to come and engage with us. Another thing is the issue of salary disparities.” MTPA CEO Johannes Nobunga said the strike was illegal. He stated: “The illegal strike has been sparked by a misunderstanding of the organigram which was set last year. On the issue of hiring the acting employees, we decided to be fair and advertise the posts so that anyone can apply. We have also advertised five positions for senior management. On the issue of moving employees to Mthethomusha game reserve, we had a problem there where the fence was damaged and we saw that the dangerous animals might hurt people in the nearby community. We had to get rangers from other reserves and also the Kruger National Park came to assist because that was urgent.” Nobunga confirmed that that the strike was affecting the agency.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mandla Khoza at SowetanLive

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