Public services will be disrupted in the next two weeks if the government does not meet unions’ demands.
“We are preparing for war. Essential services or not, our members will down tools,” said National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union second deputy president Mzwandile Makwayiba.
The public services department has offered a 6.5% increase across the board for public servants.
Unions are demanding, among other things, an 8.6% increase and an additional R1?000 a month housing allowance.
SA Democratic Teachers’ Union general secretary John Maluleke said: “The plight of our members is desperate and we are left with no other option, but to consider the most severe option left to us, which is strike action.”
He said some unions had begun balloting their membership in this regard.
Maluleke warned that failure to find an amicable solution in the next few days would have serious consequences for public services. He said the unions remained open to discussion with the government.