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southafricalogoeNCA reports that the government and public sector unions will meet on Friday to try and resolve their almost eight-month-long wage negotiations and avert a looming public sector strike.  

Expectations had been that by 1 April civil servants would get their increases, which did not eventuate.  Public sector unions are lobbying for above-inflation wage increases of about 12%, while the government has tabled offers linked to consumer inflation, currently at 3.8%.  In addition to the wage issue, the unions have made various other demands, including that vacant posts in government be filled.  The Treasury commented the government would struggle to cut spending as promised if it failed to get unions to agree to inflation-linked wage increases.  In March, ratings agency Moody’s decided against downgrading the country to junk status after the government committed to reducing public spending.  “If our members are not happy with what they’re offering, we’re going to the CCMA on the 14th (May).  If things are not going our way we have no choice but to adhere to the demands and concerns of our members,” said Ivan Fredericks of the Public Servants Association (PSA).

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