Pay us overtime or we strike: Home Affairs workers

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The Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria.

JOHANNESBURG - Employees have given the Home Affairs department seven days to respond to their demand to be paid overtime for weekend work or they’ll down tools.

They claim they work on Saturdays and are not paid for it.

The National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers have accused the department of abuse, saying Saturday work should be voluntary.

However, the department says overtime is not an option.

"It's in the interest of people to have service on Saturday and we implement a shift system which means workers work 40 hours a week," said Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni.