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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the government and its employees have once again failed to reach a settlement in crucial wage talks that will have a decisive effect on the state of SA’s public finances.  

On Tuesday, trade unions and employer facilitators resolved to adjourn negotiations to give the government time to number-crunch various options after a lengthy horse-trading session failed to reach resolution.  The government’s latest offer made on 4 May proposed pay increases of 6% to 7% for 2018-19 and consumer price index (CPI) plus 1% and CPI plus 0.5% for the successive two years of a three-year deal.  Unions have demanded CPI plus 2% for the lowest levels and CPI plus 1% for the highest.  The Independent Labour Caucus’s Basil Manuel said on Tuesday that members were "growing impatient".  According to some leaders however, the unions, which had collated their demands at the start of talks, were no longer ‘on the same page’.  According to sources, they have gone their separate ways in the bargaining council as they pursue competing interests within the broader public service.  Meantime, the Public Servants Association (PSA) is also engaged in conciliation talks on the sidelines of the negotiations after it declared a dispute over delays in the talks.  Another meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, when the government is expected to present a reviewed offer.

  • Read this informative report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

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