South Africa’s Zuma calls for talks to end strikes

Reuters South African President Jacob Zuma has called on government ministers to negotiate immediately with public sector workers to end a pay strike by more than one million workers, local media said on Monday.

Eyewitness News said Zuma held a meeting with ministers over the weekend to try to end a strike which entered its third week on Monday and threatens to spread to other unions.

“The president is very much concerned and he does not think the strike must go on forever, and has instructed the ministers over the weekend they must go back to the negotiation table immediately with a view to resolve the dispute,” Zuma’s spokesperson Zizi Kodwa was quoted as saying.

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