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southafricalogoFin24 reports that government negotiators on Thursday rejected demands from public sector trade unions for wage increases of between 10% and 12% and a one-year deal, and instead offered Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) linked hikes for junior and mid-level employees.  

Government representatives spelt out their opening offer at the Public Service Bargaining Council (PSCBC) after having twice postponed deadlines as they didn’t have a mandate from Treasury and the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA).  Their position document specified that the employer “agrees with the sliding scale increase, but not with the percentage increase.”  In line with that, the government was willing to offer CPI increases for junior and mid-level government employees on levels 1-10 and a hike of CPI-1 for senior government employees on levels 11-12.  CPI is forecast by Treasury to be 5.2% year-on-year in 2018.  Trade unions in October tabled demands of a 12% increase for levels 4-7, an 11% increase for levels 8-10 and a 10% increase for levels 11-12.  Labour’s demand for the children of public servants to receive subsidies or bursaries for higher education was rejected by government.

  • Read this report by Tehillah Niselow in full at Fin24

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