SANParks employees are planning a nationwide strike, including at the Kruger National Park, over unresolved wage disputes and unanswered complaints to management.
Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) and The National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw) are in support of the shutdown, and look to put pressure on the SANParks to offer their members a better wage increase.
Hospersa has cautioned SANParks to address the issue of a fair remuneration for its members or risk a negative impact to its tourism revenue and conservation efforts during the industrial action.
Negotiations collapsed at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) after parties could not agree on a wage increase.
The talks of industrial come as SANParks prepares for its annual free access week from September 8 to 15. During this week, visitors will gain free access to all 21 SANParks facilities.
SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni said:“We have done what we could in our capacity as a responsible and caring employer to give the best offer on the table and to clarify the Sunday and Holiday pay issue. The economic climate is not conducive to tabling these kinds of offers and we are actually much closer to each other, with the unions, even though they have rejected the offer. We also advise tourists not to cancel any bookings because of rumours but should contact us for further details.”