Poll shows bigger support for unions than government over public sector savings


Unions preparing strike action against threatened public sector pay cuts and job losses have greater public support than the government according to an internet poll released on Sunday. Almost 41 percent of respondents in a poll conducted by the SANEP agency said they supported the union stand with almost 38 percent backing the government. Unions are planning to a one day strike on December 8 against government plans to find savings of 10 percent on public sector wage costs either from pay cuts or redundancies. They say the government should negotiate on its proposed moves.