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Media Release: SANParks Update on HOSPERSA Strike

05 July 2007

The HOSPERSA strike started on a low point yesterday as only two of the five parks mentioned in the HOSPERSA notice acceded to the call, i.e. Kruger National Park  (KNP)  and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP).

Today there have been reports of few employees picketing at all Kruger National Park entrance and camp gates, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Table Mountain National Park.

The Chief Executive, Dr David Mabunda said, “We would like to call on HOSPERSA to respect the democratic principles of the bargaining process and to spend their time better by consolidating their membership to attain majority union status.”

“SANParks has an agreement with the majority union, SACCAWU, we cannot therefore enter into any negotiations with a minority union because we would be undermining the democratic nature of the engagement. However, SANParks will continue to talk to HOSPERSA but will not bargain with them until due process has been followed, as outlined in the Labour Relations Act,  for sufficient representation.”

The park management of the KNP had two incidents to quell that were outside of the provisions of the agreement between SANParks and HOSPERSA. There were people gathered at the Skukuza and Numbi gates blowing vuvuzelas, who were later informed that according to legislation governing the management of the national parks system, such activities are not allowed.

Several HOSPERSA members who had decided not to join the strike were being forcibly removed from their stations and were also misled by striking HOSPERSA members that the ‘no work no pay’ principle will also apply to non-striking HOSPERSA members. This misinformation was corrected by park management.

“We want to apologise to our staff and guests who might have had to witness such acts of transgression and promise that the management of the parks will ensure their safety and good stay in the parks”, said Dr Mabunda.

ENQUIRIES:       wanda Mkutshulwa

                        Head of Communications

                        South African National Parks



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