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Media Release: Interdict Served by Labour Court on HOSPERSA

Date: 10th July 2007

Earlier today the Labour Court granted an interdict on behalf of SANParks to HOSPERSA and members of HOSPERSA in light of acts of misconduct and intimidation of staff and visitors by striking staff at various parks, specifically in the Kruger National Park.

Earlier today the Labour Court granted an interdict on behalf of SANParks to HOSPERSA and members of HOSPERSA in light of acts of misconduct and intimidation of staff and visitors by striking staff at various parks, specifically in the Kruger National Park.

The Labour Court ordered that striking members of HOSPERSA are to comply with all provisions of the picketing rules as determined by the CCMA on 4 July 2007.

“In practical terms this means that striking HOSPERSA members will cease their unlawful conduct in the park including the blowing of any noisy instruments, trying to prevent staff and guests from entering the park as well as vandalising SANParks property,” said Dr David Mabunda, Chief Executive at SANParks.

“SANParks has been engaging with the majority union, SACCAWU, for years in order to better serve the needs of its workforce whose needs are negotiated through the bargaining forum. I would like to reiterate once again that as much as HOSPERSA has every right to embark on a strike when they are unhappy; this action is in direct contravention with the democratic processes / majoritarian approach agreed to with the majority union, which is clearly favoured by the Labour Relations Act.”

“We sincerely hope that the union leadership will find wisdom and go back to build the membership of the union so that they may have an opportunity to be a democratically elected majority union to represent the needs of the workers at SANParks,” said Dr Mabunda.

SANParks reports that despite what the public has been led to believe the strike has not been effective in disrupting services. Most employees are at work. Current figures show that in Kruger NP 437 out of 1,905 (only permanent staff members reflected); Table Mountain NP 11 out of 129; Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park 24 out of 87; Mountain Zebra NP 6 out of 24 and West Coast 6 out of 30 staff members were on strike today.

“We would like to reassure our guests that they will be able to receive the expected standard of service in the park despite the strike. If a water pipe bursts in Mata Mata camp during the strike it would be ridiculous to tie this in anyway to the strike action.”

“The reality is that the striking members of HOSPERSA are too few to effect any severe blow to the systems and services of SANParks,” said Dr Mabunda.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
wanda mkutshulwa, Head of Communications: South African National Parks (SANParks), 0124265201 / 0829082692,
wandam@sanparks.org

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Notes on the provisions of the CCMA ruling are available on request

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