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PSCBCBusinessLive reports that public sector employees are losing out on a big payday due to the delayed conclusion of their draft wage agreement.  

The deal, which offers employees wage increases of 6% to 7% for 2018 and consumer price index (CPI) plus 1% for successive years, still does not enjoy majority support from unions, over a week after government presented it.  The increases will be backdated to 1 April once implemented.  Unions have 21 days until the window closes on their chance to sign the wage deal.  Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has indicated that, although she would have the choice to implement the deal unilaterally after 30 days, that would be undesirable as the agreement was the outcome of a collective decision-making process.  Although the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) confirmed on Monday it had added its signature to the agreement, its 20% representation, combined with that of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), which was the first to sign, failed to cross the 50% + 1 threshold.  Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) general secretary Frikkie de Bruin said on Monday that "we still don’t have a majority signature.  I am in discussions with unions."

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

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