South African National Parks (SANParks) management has confirmed receiving a notice to strike by workers affiliated to the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA).
The notice was served due to an impasse in wage negotiations which have deadlocked. Management is offering 6% plus a 1% pay progression which brings the total offer to 7%, while Hospersa is demanding 9% for its members. All other matters were agreed to with the exception of this matter.
“We can confirm receipt of the intention to strike by workers affiliated to HOSPERSA however we expect the striking workers to act within the law and respect the rights of non-striking workers. We are still to finalise the picketing rules and don’t expect anyone to picket on SANParks properties until such an agreement has been finalised” said SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni.
Mketeni also assures guests who are currently visiting the National Parks and those intending to visit in the coming days, that all outsourced services such as restaurants and retail stores will continue operations as normal while SANParks managed operations including hospitality and gates are likely to experience some service delays. “We will activate contingency plans in all the parks to ensure that guests enjoy their holidays with minimal interruption. We will be monitoring the situation very closely and expect the striking workers to act within the law and respect the rights of park guests and employees who have elected not to join the strike. We urge booked guests not to cancel and those planning visits to continue booking through our various reservation channels” concluded Mketeni