A nationwide service delivery strike looks set to hit South Africa next week, While the strike would affect delivery of services in health and safety and security, education would be hard hit as it is the grade 12 learners who will suffer the most as they have less than two months before their final exams.
The strike action by teachers seems unavoidable after labour unions rejected the employer’s “revised offer” last week. At the heart of the dispute is labour’s demand for an 8,6% wage increase; a R1 000 housing subsidy as opposed to the state’s 6,5% wage offer.
What are your views on the teachers strike? Do you think they are entitled to strike at the detriment of their students? Do you think they deserve to get more money regardless of the circumstances? Or is there another way to get their point across without the need for such drastic measures?