The strike by HOSPERSA members is affecting some national parks, but SANParks has contingency plans in place. Please see the below statement from SANParks.
South African National Parks (SANParks) management has confirmed that a number of employees who are members of the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA) have abandoned their work stations in different divisions and Parks. This is after the conciliation meeting which was facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) failed to resolve the salary dispute between the two parties.
“After assessment of all National Parks we have found that there are pockets of areas where staff members either did not report for work or reported and then left as a result of the envisaged strike. We have contingency plans in place for all parks to be able to serve our visitors. We do however encourage those who wish to make reservations do so via the Internet at www.sanparks.org for a speeder service”, says, SANParks Head of Communications Janine Raftopoulos.
Contingency plans activated
SANParks has activated contingency plans in all Parks and will be monitoring the situation closely. The South African Police, Services (SAPS), South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and volunteers from the Working for Water have been posted at entrance gates to ensure safe passage to all those entering our parks. “Guests travelling to any of our Parks should continue with their plans as we aim to ensure that they enjoy their stay. We are also waiting for the finalisation of picketing rules” concludes Raftopoulos.
HOSPERSA is demanding a 9% increase for their members while SANParks is offering 6.01% salary adjustment and a 1% pay progression with a total offer of 7%. Though the strike is protected, the “no work no pay” rule will apply to those who take part in the industrial action.
For bookings and updates, guests can visit the SANParks Website; alternatively guests can call our central reservations number: +27 (0)12 428 9111.