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South Africa Nears Deal With Unions

September 7, 2010

After almost three weeks on the picket lines, South Africa's trade unions on Monday suspended a strike that had closed schools and wreaked havoc on health care. Public health experts had warned about the strike's effects on the treatment, particularly for AIDS and TB, of millions of people too poor to access care through private hospitals. The government's proposed wage increase, 7.5 percent, is less than the 8.6 percent the unions demanded but still is double the rate of inflation. Some observers criticized the unions for seeking raises for workers who already have good jobs at the expense of the one-third of South Africans who remain unemployed. In order to pay for increased salaries and benefits for the 1.3 million affected workers, new hiring may have to be frozen, the government said.

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Adapted from:
New York Times
09.07.2010; Celia W. Dugger

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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