Public sector workers in South Africa are threatening indefinite strike action starting on 28 May unless the government meets their demand for a pay rise. The strike is being called by the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU), which commands roughly 60 per cent of public-service workers including police, doctors, nurses and teachers. COSATU officials are also meeting with independent unions to draw up a joint programme of action.

Unions are demanding a 12 per cent wage increase for workers but the government