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boardroomtableCity Press reports that government last week remained tight-lipped on its negotiation position despite having delayed the public service wage talks by more than three weeks.  

The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), which represents government in the wage talks, has said it was still pondering its official position regarding the unions’ long list of demands, which were already submitted last month.  A DPSA spokesperson said: “The employer is still busy with the internal processes relating to collective bargaining issues as tabled by labour.  Once completed, the employer will go back to the formal negotiating processes at the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council.”  Last month, government postponed the overdue negotiations at the eleventh hour, citing a lack of preparation.  The unions are demanding wage hikes of up to 12% and a number of other improved perks.  In his mini-budget last month, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba forecast an average increase in wages of 7.3% in the period from March 2018 to March 2021.  In the budget statement, Gigaba said that government finances would deteriorate substantially if the public service wage talks led to an agreement that exceeded consumer price inflation.

  • Read this report by Lesetja Malope in full at Fin24


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