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South Africa's public sector workers strike over pay

Tens of thousands of South African public sector workers have taken to the streets of Pretoria as part of a nationwide one-day strike over pay.

The main union federation, Cosatu, called on more than one million public servants to strike after the government's latest offer of a 7% wage increase and an increase in housing allowance was rejected.

South Africa's president Jacob Zuma, who owes his political support to South Africa's powerful trade unions, is under pressure to appease the unions while at the same time address the country's budget deficit.

Karen Allen reports from Pretoria.

  • 10 Aug 2010
  • From the section Africa