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SOUTH Africans should brace themselves for a tsunami of strikes amid service delivery protests that will bring life to a standstill.
Come next week your rubbish will not be collected, you might not have electricity and your usual train will not roll up at the station. Your shopping trip to Makro, Dion and Game shops might be blocked since workers intend downing tools.
And don't expect help at traffic departments and emergency services.
Coupled with protests over inadequate service delivery in townships, the country's economic wheels will most likely grind to a halt.
This is the strike season again and unions are demanding more money, better working conditions and the abolition of labour brokers.
Analysts say this year's round of wage negotiations are the toughest for employers in many years since workers demand more money to compensate for high food prices and other rocketing costs.
Most workers won't be paid while they are manning the picket lines.
lThe South African Municipal Workers' Union and Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union will embark on a national strike aimed at crippling service delivery at municipalities big and small.
The unions are demanding a 15percent wage increase, a R200000 housing subsidy and a minimum of R5000 a month for general employees.
lThe Communication Workers' Union has declared disputes with Telkom and the SABC. The union says it will decide later on strikes at the two organisations, but they are set to begin next week.
lTrain drivers and their colleagues in the South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union and the United Transport and Allied Trade Union say trains will stop running at midnight on Sunday.
The unions have tabled a 12,5percent wage increase demand. The employers have offered a 5percent rise across the board. Services at Metrorail and Shosholoza Meyl will be affected.
lThe strike in the chemical, energy, paper, printing and wood sectors enters its fifth day today.
The unions are still mulling over a revised 9,5percent offer in the pharmaceutical sector, but the impasse in the paper and chemical sectors remains.
lIn the disputes at Makro, Game and Dion the unions are demanding R460 extra a month or an 8,5percent hike.