Communications regulator Icasa is to face industrial action from Monday as workers down tools.
The strike will continue indefinitely, with employees vowing not to return to work until their demands are met, according to a source at the authority.
The source could not immediately say what the workers’ demands are or why a strike is deemed necessary.
TechCentral’s source said the strike will affect Icasa’s ability to accept applications from the industry. Signal interference investigations will also be impacted.
Icasa spokesman Paseka Maleka could not immediately provide details about the planned strike such as how many workers will be taking part and what their demands are.
He said the authority will issue a statement, probably by the close of business on Friday, in which it will provide more details about the looming strike action and its likely impact.
It’s not the first time that a strike has affected Icasa. In January 2012, workers went on strike after negotiations over pay and benefits reached a deadlock.
At the time, the Communication Workers Union and its members were demanding a variety of things from Icasa, including an 11% increase across the board, guarantees of job security should the authority undergo restructuring, and a housing allowance of R1 500/month. — (c) 2016 NewsCentral Media
- A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that trade union Solidarity was involved in the strike action