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BBC NEWS | Africa | South Africa braced for strikes

BBC NEWS | Africa | South Africa braced for strikes South Africa braced for strikes
By Nick Miles
BBC News, Johannesburg

South Africa's largest trade union group says it expects hundreds of thousands of people to strike on Monday in protest at job losses.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions, or Cosatu, has called the nationwide strike because it says unemployment is unacceptably high.

It is set to be the most concerted union action for more than 15 years, involving up to 500,000 members.

Unions say it is just the first in a series that will last until February.

They say they do not want a strike, but the government has ignored them and left them no other option.

Official figures suggest a quarter of all South Africans are unemployed.

Some analysts put the figure at up to 40%.

The unions blame that on the government's policy of reducing tariffs on foreign goods, particularly on clothes from China.

The African National Congress (ANC) is still in a formal alliance with the unions and the Communist Party, but rifts have been appearing for several years.

Monday's strike could force them further apart.

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