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Mass protests over pay in South Africa

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Mass protests over pay in South Africa


South African civil servants have marched throughout the country in a dispute over pay.

Around one million public sector workers have been on strike since last Wednesday, picketing schools, hospitals and government offices.

Unions want an 8.6 percent raise to their annunal salaries, double the rate of inflation, and a 108 euro monthly housing allowance

Trade unions helped to fund President Jacob Zuma’s election campaign last year.

He has said his government cannot afford to meet their demands without cutting services. It has proposed a seven percent raise and a housing subsidy of 75 euros.

If the government fails to up that offer, unions warn further strikes will be called across some of South Africa’s key industries.

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