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psaFin24 reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) is to start balloting its members in favour of a strike as the union grows increasingly frustrated with protracted public sector wage negotiations.  

The union’s Tahir Maepa said on Tuesday:  “This is a sad day, when government fails to comprehend the dire consequences of this non-resolution.”  While government has kept mum on its wage offer, it is reported to be a 7% increase at junior salary levels and 6% for senior staff.  It is estimated that consumer inflation will average 5.2% for 2018.  Unions are demanding between 10% and 12% wage hikes, the abolition of lower salary levels and the delinking of housing allowances when both spouses are employed in the public sector.  The parties were due to reconvene at the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) on Tuesday afternoon.  The current wage deal lapsed on 31 March, and negotiations have been ongoing since October.  “The employer indicated that they [would] not improve the offer, with a hope that other unions will sign the deal on the table by tomorrow (Tuesday)," Maepa noted.  However, the largest public sector union, the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), maintains it is not ready to ink the offer.  Nehawu and the other Cosatu-affiliated unions in the talks have reportedly taken a decision to "further robustly engage the employer to consider our initial position".

  • Read this report by Tehillah Niselow in full at Fin24
  • Read too, PSA members ready to go on strike should government not improve wage offer, at The Citizen

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