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Public sector unions end strike

June 29, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Public sector unions representing 1 million members called off a nearly monthlong strike, ending a labor action that shut schools and crippled hospitals across South Africa.

A majority of the unions agreed to sign the government's final offer, including a 7.5% wage increase. The rest will return to work while negotiations continue, the unions said in a statement.

The unions originally had demanded 12%. The government's initial offer was 6.5%.

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