Following the National Strike Day announcement by the workers’ union taxi associations have decided to join in the looming strike set for 22 November 2022.
Public Servants Association (PSA), through a media brief, highlighted that the government had been given a seven-day notice ahead of the scheduled civil servants’ mass action.
Government workers will be protesting the 3% increase they recently received from the government.
Other demands are as follows:
- Workers being allowed to cash in capped leave
- A baseline adjustment of R2 500 to the housing allowance to every government employee, regardless of whether they own or do not have a bond house.
- Bursary schemes for government workers’ children who are excluded because their “missing middle” parents are considered too rich to get National Student Financial Aid Scheme funding.
- Access to pension funds before retirement.
Also, on 17 November 2022, the mobility MEC Daylin Mitchell met with the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) in the Western Cape to discourage a two-day taxi strike set for next week.
Mitchell told IOL that,” While I understand and share the leadership’s concerns, in a meeting this morning I again requested that they call off the planned shutdown. Any shutdown of minibus taxi services will have a devastating effect on many aspects of the Western Cape and cannot be condoned.”
The taxi strike is meant to start from 21–22 November because the taxi leaders are “demanding the expansion of the R215 million Blue Dot pilot programme, a partnership between the taxi industry and provincial government which will cease to exist by the end of the month unless more funds are pledged and invested.”
Western Cape associations that have confirmed to be taking part in the taxi strike are the Northern Region, Two Oceans, Mitchells Plain, Codeta, Cata, Greater Cape Town and Boland.
This is a developing story, more updates to follow.