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ANC closes offices countrywide as unpaid staff go on strike

Article by: Dumisane Dube

The African National Congress (ANC) says its offices around the country will be closed on Thursday due to staff members embarking on a strike over unpaid salary.

In a statement on Wednesday, the ruling party said it was not yet in a position to pay outstanding salaries for July 2021.

“Unfortunately, August 2021 salaries, due on the 25th of this month, are also delayed. I do regret the hardship and the uncertainty that this cause staff and their families, and this is deeply regrettable,” said ANC general manager Febe Potgieter-Gqubule.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe says management will continue to engage staff members on the issue.

“The ANC management has received notice from ANC staff that as from tomorrow (Thursday ), they will go on strike in support of grievances submitted on 15 June, including late payments of salaries. As a result of this wildcat strike, ANC offices throughout the country will be closed as of tomorrow. The ANC management will continue to engage with staff representatives on their grievances, with a view to find a solution, so that we can resume normal operations.”

The ANC says it has been unable to pay staffers due to cash flow problems.

“We appreciate the commitment and dedication of ANC staff, who despite these difficulties, diligently serve their organisation. We will continue to communicate on this matter as information becomes available,” said Potgieter-Gqubule.

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