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parliamentThe Sunday Times reports that Parliament’s executive managers have received more than R2m in salary increases backdated to April last year.  This has raised the ire of staff who say their bosses had previously agreed to forfeit such hikes because there was no money.  

Last week 18 of parliament’s division managers, who earn between R1.5m and R1.8m a year, each took home at least R100,000 in back pay.  Last year the managers agreed to forego the increases as part of measures to persuade ordinary staff and the National Health Education and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) to accept lower pay hikes.  But the managers pocketed a payout last week after persuading National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and National Council of Provinces chairwoman Thandi Modise that funds were now available in parliament’s salary budget owing to resignations and vacancies that had not been filled.  They argued that they had not had a salary increase for the past three years.  Parliament’s spokesman, Moloto Mothapo, said the understanding had always been that the increases would kick in as soon as additional money was found in the budget.  A staffer, who believes that the managers have clearly reneged on an undertaking, commented:  “So this means us as staff, we won’t be compromising on anything in this year’s negotiation.”

  • This more of this report by Thabo Makone, which appeared on page 2 of The Sunday Times of 1 April 2018, at SA Labour News

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