A strike by provincial education department office workers has spread in areas to the north and south of the province, according to the South African Democratic Teachers Union.
"The strike has spread and work has come to a standstill. Workers are on strike in Pietermaritzburg, Pinetown, Durban, South Coast and Empangeni," said Sadtu spokesperson Sipho Nkosi yesterday.
"Today I will be in Umlazi addressing others who have joined the strike."
Workers downed tools last week amid allegations of racism against "white managers", unpaid incentives and service bonuses.
Nkosi said: "The situation has reached crises levels. Now that the elections are over we will be intensifying our action."
He said the situation highlighted the need for the province to have "good administrative leadership".
At the time of going to press, department spokesperson Mbali Thusi said both sides were engaged in discussions with managers. She said comment would come later.
On Friday, the department sought an urgent court order against striking workers. The court order ruled the strike illegal and allowed for the department to take disciplinary action, which could include dismissals against workers. The order also restrains workers from impeding access to and exit from the department's premises.