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zumaBusinessLive reports that public sector unions are angered at President Jacob Zuma’s approval of salary increases for public office bearers, including his own and that of the Cabinet.  

The unions said they would follow Zuma’s lead during their wage negotiations as the government had demonstrated it was capable of sourcing more funds for its employees, even in tough economic conditions.  Zuma announced on Thursday he had approved the recommendations of the Independent Commission for Remuneration of Public Office Bearers, which suggested increases of 4%-8% for public officials including MPs, judges and leaders of tribal authorities.  Zuma’s salary of more than R2.8m will increase to almost R3m, while Cabinet increases will amount to close to R100,000.  Although the president said he had considered the state of the economy when he made the decision, the unions disagreed.  Cosatu spokesman Sizwe Pamla said Zuma was merely looking after himself and his Cabinet and unions would be forced to do the same.  In the current wage talks, public servants are demanding a 12% hike for the lowest-paid workers, 11% for mid-level and 10% for senior levels.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Zuma approves pay hikes for public office bearers, at The Citizen
  • And also, Public office bearers’ pay to increase by between 4% and 8%, at News24

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