According to a statement by South African National Parks (SANParks), a dispute regarding wages and conditions of employment by three unions representing workers in the Collective Bargaining Council had been resolved. Rey Thakhuli, SANParks Acting Head of Communications said that SANParks and the various labour unions settled the dispute and the parties immediately formalised the agreement.
SANParks and the majority of unions, the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union (HOSPERSA) and National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers Union (NUPSAW), signed an agreement that workers will get an 8% salary adjustment and improved benefits.
Thakhuli made it clear that the agreement brought an end to speculation about any intended protracted strikes and planned protests action which were due to happen on Friday, 20 September 2019. The unions and SANParks would be communicating the finer details to employees internally.
The Chief Executive Officer of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni congratulated the negotiating teams on the signing of the agreement saying, “We are happy that the deal had been accepted by the majority unions. It shows that the welfare of workers was put first and that as an employer SANParks tabled a fair and balanced offer which will not put jobs in jeopardy and would assist the organisation to continue with its conservation mandate.”
Mkteni also said,“We want to inform those intending to visit our parks that we are open for business, come and enjoy your natural heritage. We are looking forward to working with the unions into the future for the betterment of our people and the organisation.”