Pretoria Zoo workers on protected strike

Pretoria – Signs such as “zoo no food for animals” and “we demand equal pay at the South African National Biodiversity Institute” greeted visitors to the National Zoological Gardens of SA yesterday.

The workers at the National Zoological Gardens, or Pretoria Zoo, converged at the entrance to express their unhappiness with what they described as unfair treatment of the employees.

The National Trade Union Congress affiliates had been given a go-ahead to picket by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration last month.

Union branch secretary Frans Rasethe said labour representatives had been unable to get management to pay all its employees equally and for the working conditions at the zoo to be improved.

Rasethe said the members complained about a lack of medical aid and housing allowances since they were transferred to the institute in April last year.

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