Public servants have downed tools in all nine of South Africa’s provinces today. Union members affiliated with the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the Federation of Unions of South Africa and the South African Federation of Trade Unions are marching to the national treasury’s offices in Tshwane. Protests will also take place in the eight other provinces and at hospitals and ports.
Among unions’ requirements are a 10% increase in wages, increases in housing allowances for public servants and bursaries for government staff who earn too much to qualify for the state-run National Student Financial Aid Scheme for university students, but who still can’t afford tertiary education for their children.
Our reporter Jesse Copelyn is inside South Africa’s biggest hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, where doctors arrived at work this morning to find they would have to take on the nurses’ responsibilities on top of their own. Follow along for live updates.