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pandorBusiness Report writes that public sector unions have flatly rejected a request by the government for a postponement of state wage negotiations and have demanded that talks resume immediately.  

The request for more time for consultations came from Naledi Pandor, acting Minister of the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), on Monday.  She said that the mandate committee had decided to “broaden its consultation within government and thus ask the council (Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council) to grant it more time to finalise its internal processes before any new round of negotiation can commence.”  Mugwena Maluleke, convenor of the Cosatu-affiliated unions in the PSCBC, said rating agencies were running the affairs of the government and that in reality what Pandor meant was “consultation with rating agencies and we cannot accept that.”  The unions, some under Cosatu and others in the Independent Labour Caucus (ILC), said their members would embark on daily pickets in the workplace from Thursday next week as a precursor to the total shutdown if a wage settlement was not reached.  Acrimonious negotiations last week saw unions locking in state negotiators at the PSCBC offices, demanding a conclusion to the talks.  The unions have accused the government of backtracking from an earlier offer and seeking a new mandate.

  • Read this report by Kabelo Khumalo in full at Business Report
  • Read too, 'If they want war...' - public sector unions warn government of total shutdown, at Fin24
  • And also, Pandor requests more time over wage talks, at The New Age
  • Read the joint press statement by the public sector unions at Cosatu Today

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