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nehawu80Reuters reports that the National Education Health & Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) on Wednesday vowed to seek wage hikes above the inflation rate in coming public sector negotiations that are expected to begin in June or July.  

The tough stance taken by SA’s largest public sector union will be in defiance of the new finance minister's demands for restraint to avoid further credit downgrades and raises the spectre of a protest wave seeking President Jacob Zuma's resignation widening into strikes.  The public sector wage bill accounts for nearly half of government revenue and has risen more than 80% over the last decade, with yearly increases averaging more than 6% above inflation.  "Any increase below 6.5 percent is a poverty wage.  Whatever increase we get must be above 6.5 percent so that our workers can be able to afford the basic basket of goods," said Nehawu spokesman Khaya Xaba.  Inflation was 6.1% last month.  The SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu), as well two transport sector unions, have also said they would pursue above-inflation increases for their members.

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