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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that according to union federation Cosatu, the government’s delay in presenting a wage offer to public servants is a recipe for an unnecessary strike.  

Claiming that negotiators have no mandate, the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has again failed to present a wage offer to public sector unions, asking this time for a postponement until 7 December, .  The government was expected to report back to unions last Thursday after having requested a postponement in October.  The government has repeatedly failed to stick to deadlines, even though Finance Minister Gigaba has already publically set out the government’s budgetary plans.  It has been two months since the unions presented a wage demand for a 12% increase for employees on levels four to seven, 11% for those on levels eight to 10, and 10% for those on levels 11 and 12.  Cosatu’s lead negotiator and SA Democratic Teachers’ Union general secretary Mugwena Maluleke said workers were suffering from "deliberate bureaucratic inefficiency".  He cited the lack of political will by employers and a leadership crisis at the department as two of the reasons that would lead workers onto the streets.  The Public Service Association (PSA) said that it was puzzling that the government still claimed to have no position to present to labour.

  • Read this informative report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Nehawu warns of possible public service strike over wage negotiations delay, at The Citizen

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