South Africa unions unhappy with government's wage offer

Public servants say a 7.5% increase is not enough. They march through Johannesburg in protest. Robyn Dixon & Kylé Pienaar, Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2010 Johannesburg - A strike by 1.3 million South African public servants threatened Thursday to drag on for a third week as unions signaled that they would reject the government's latest compromise offer, a wage hike that would be more than double the rate of inflation. Zwelinzima Vavi, secretary-general of the main trade union federation, COSATU, said his organization had rejected the offer but that talks continued. Unions representing nurses, health and education workers, and police also said they would reject the offer, and other unions said they would follow suit in the coming days.