June 15, 2017

Home Affairs shutdown confirmed for Monday June 19

BREAKING NEWS: The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that its front office staff will down tools on 19 June. The Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA) reports:

"The Department of Home Affairs has announced it was served with a notice to strike from its front office staff for Monday, June 19. The notice to strike follows a dispute over working hours and specifically over Saturday work.

The strike will affect applications for travel documents and is also expected to severely affect all the country’s ports of entry. Mkuseli Apleni said in a statement: “If this strike is to take place, it would interrupt mandatory services Home Affairs provides to citizens. We are deeply concerned by threats of a labour strike, ahead of one of our busiest periods in the year, that is, the school winter holidays. Ahead of the holidays, the number of client requests for travel documents shoots up as families prepare for the long break.”

The Department told ASATA it would release an update on whether the strike will go ahead before the end of the week."


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