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Vol 50 No 11

Published 29th May 2009

South Africa

You've stood, now deliver

The people who got out the vote for Zuma insist that he keep his side of the bargain

The trades union chief, Zwelinzima Vavi, a key supporter of President Jacob Zuma when he was a mere candidate, is warning the government of a season of strikes if wages are not quickly increased. 'Frankly we're sitting on a time bomb that may explode at any time,' said the General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). The country's largest union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), wants a 15% wage increase, while the mines shed jobs fast.

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