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southafricalogoFin24 reports that an agreement was finally reached on Friday evening in the protracted public sector wage negotiations.  But at least one union, the Public Servants Association (PSA), will not be signing it.  

For 2018/2019, backdated to 1 April, junior employees will get 7% increases, while mid-level employees will receive 6.5% and senior staff 6%.  The agreement for the first year for the entire civil service is above inflation increases, which are projected to be 5.2% in 2018.  The parties have agreed that wages would increase by consumer price index (CPI) plus 1% to CPI for the successive two years of the three-year agreement.  The issue of equalisation of pay progression was also ironed out.  The PSA, which represents 238 000 members, is still sticking to its demand for 10% raises across the board and balloted its members this week over a strike.  The PSA’s Tahir Maepa admitted that because the majority of unions have accepted the offer, it would apply to all government employees, but said they would "never" sign the deal in its current format.  Parties are set to reconvene on Monday at 11:00 for the signing of the agreement.  The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) is the only one of the seven Cosatu-affiliated which has indicated it might not sign the agreement.  The Independent Labour Caucus, except for the PSA, is ready to accept the deal.

  • Read this report by Tehillah Niselow in full at Fin24
  • Read too, Government and some public sector unions agree 6%-7% pay increase, at BusinessLive

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