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PSCBCThe Star reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has slammed the government’s offer of a salary increase of up to 5.3% for the lowest-paid public servants, saying politicians gave themselves more than that as a pay hike.  

Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke stated that the offer did not take into account that the standard of living of public servants would be affected by a negative increase.  Public sector wage negotiations continued on Wednesday at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) in Tshwane.  The talks took place under the facilitation of two CCMA commissioners.  The government is currently offering employees in the lowest 10 salary levels a consumer price index (CPI) salary increase, while it has proposed that the two levels of middle management get pay hikes of CPI minus 1%.  The University of Stellenbosch’s Bureau for Economic Research (BER) has forecast 5% inflation this year and expects it to increase to 5.3% next year.  The unions representing public servants are demanding salary increases of between 10% and 12% depending on the salary level.  The Public Servants Association’s (PSA’s) Tahir Maepa warned that if the talks were not concluded by a 31 March deadline, government employees might go on strike.  He added that the government’s wage offer was ridiculous and unions would not even bother taking it to their members.  According to Maepa, unions expect a revised and improved offer next week when negotiations resume and several concessions are expected to be made.  The government has already acceded to some of the unions’ other demands.

Read an extended version of this report by Loyiso Sidimba at SA Labour News

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