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psaNetwerk24 reports that thousands of state officials could bear the consequences of a salary dispute between the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) and the Public Servants Association (PSA).  

Sita’s computers handle salary payments for the public service.  All negotiations deadlocked in the past week.  According to Tahir Maepa of the PSA, this could lead to a protected strike that will have an effect on salary payments.  “We rejected Sita’s salary offer in its entirety.  We are now consulting with our members about whether the strike should take place,” he advised.  At least one state department, namely defence, has had its salary payments made early because of a concern that the strike could commence this week.  The dispute relates to the lower salary adjustments that will apply to Sita staff in comparison with regular state officials.  According to Lucky Mochalibane of Sita, the 3,168 officials who work for the agency are paid on a different salary scale to other state officials.  Sita’s offer for the lowest-paid employees is 6%, for mid-level employees 4% plus a once-off 1.7% payment; and 4% for senior management.  An increase of 7.3 applies to state officials.  The consumer inflation rate is 6.3%. (loosely translated from Afrikaans)

  • Read this report by Erika Gibson in full in Afrikaans at Netwerk24 (limit on access)


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