Zoo cop­ing dur­ing strike

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OP­ER­A­TIONS at the Pre­to­ria Zoo have re­turned to nor­mal and both the wel­fare of the an­i­mals and the safety of vis­i­tors are be­ing taken care of, de­spite a strike by zoo work­ers, the Na­tional Zoo­log­i­cal Gar­dens of SA (NZG) said yes­ter­day. NZG em­ploy­ees af­fil­i­ated to the Na­tional Trade Union Congress (NTUC) went on strike at noon on Satur­day. The dis­pute is re­lated to an agree­ment signed in 2009 be­tween the NZG and its var­i­ous trade unions on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a seven-day work week. The NTUC is now de­mand­ing that the agree­ment be can­celled and that em­ploy­ees be paid over­time for work per­formed over week­ends. “The zoo is not in a po­si­tion to meet the de­mands of the union,” said Na­tional Zoo man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Clif­ford Nx­o­mani. Work­ers tried to bar­ri­cade the en­trance to the zoo and dumped lit­ter. The strik­ing em­ploy­ees dis­persed af­ter the po­lice told them they had not fol­lowed the reg­u­la­tions of the Gath­er­ings Act. – ANA

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