The threat of prolonged strike action is putting intense pressure on South Africa’s government with public and private sector staff downing tools.
Workers in the car industry went on strike last week and say they are determined to pursue claims for higher salaries and other changes.
“The demand is for a 15 percent increase across the board, that workers should be paid during short time and that the industry should outlaw labour brokers because we think that it goes against the question of decent work,” said Karl Cloete of the National Union of Metalworkers.
Now more than one million state workers have begun open-ended industrial action they say will bring Jacob Zuma’s administration to a standstill.
Police, healthcare workers and teachers are among those striking in support of an 8.6 percent pay rise. The government has offered seven percent.