Hospersa, the majority union at SANParks, together with two other unions, represent about 5 000 employees including field rangers, field guides, petrol attendants, receptionists and hut attendants across the country.
Should the dispute remain unresolved, Hospersa has threatened to bring services at all SANParks facilities to a halt.
Hospersa said that parties deadlocked after all recognised unions rejected SANParks’ final wage increase offer of 5.5%. They have demanded a 11.5% increase.
“The unions have now referred the matter to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to try to end the impasse.