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southafricalogoBusiness Report writes that the scene is set for acrimonious public sector wage negotiations after the public service unions at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) said on Moday that they were readying themselves for a bitter fight with the government.  

The unions comprise Sadtu, PSA, Nehawu, Sapu, Denosa, Popcru, Naptosa, Hospersa, Nupsaw, and Natu.  They said they were disappointed by the government’s lax and indifferent approach to the talks.  “We want to caution the government not to negotiate with the workers through the media, because that will muddy the waters and complicate the negotiations.  We are not averse to confrontation if provoked and if they continue on this path the pushback will be ferocious and ugly,” the unions said in a joint press statement.  MPs were told last week that the cost of meeting this year’s civil servant demands amounted to R282bn.  The looming deadlock comes days after two ratings agencies flagged the rigidity of SA’s public sector wage bill as presenting a key risk to SA’s fiscal outlook.  Economist Sanisha Packirisamy of Momentum Investments has pointed out that the public sector wage negotiations were taking place against tepid economic growth and a heavily constrained fiscus.


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