Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife staff belonging to the Hospersa and Nehawu unions went on an ‘unprotected’ strike that effectively closed down Ezemvelo’s head office at Queen Elizabeth Park on Monday and Tuesday.
However, following an emergency Exco meeting on Tuesday, 01 July 2014, Ezemvelo issued a ‘no work, no pay’ ultimatum for workers to return to work today (Wednesday). On Monday, both Union leaders distanced themselves from the wildcat strike.
Ezemvelo’ s acting CEO Siphiwe Radebe said the strike was not only illegal but “highly regrettable” given that management and the unions were immersed in a negotiation process surrounding the ‘migration’ or restructuring of staff throughout the organization. He said a fundamental misunderstanding amongst strikers as to their interpretation of the migration’s salary proposals would seem to have caused the strike.
“This misunderstanding has resulted in striking staff wanting new salary scales to be implemented immediately.”
Management has subsequently appointed an independent consultant to offer assurance to management that their own interpretation of the ‘migration process’ is correct. The outcome of this independent interpretation will be placed before the unions on Monday next week.
Radebe said there was no correlation between this strike and staff concerns expressed about Ezemvelo paying R1.5m to refurbish Didima Lodge for the recent hosting of the KZN Cabinet and legislature. Operations are going on smoothly today.