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PSCBCFin24 reports that a majority of trade unions have signed the public sector wage agreement, meaning that it will be implemented.  

The Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) issued a statement on Friday saying that 65.74% of trade unions agreed to salary adjustments and improvements in conditions of service in the sector for three years, from 2018/19 to 2020/21.  A majority of 50%+1 employee agreement was required to implement the deal.  The fact that a majority of unions have signed means that the wage deal will be extended to all public servants.  The unions which signed were Sadtu, Nehawu, Popcru, Naptosa, Sama, Pawusa, Sasawu, Denosa and Saou.  The deal will see public servants getting raises of 6%-7% for the year to the end of March 2019 and by as much as one percentage point more than the consumer inflation rate for the following two years.  The planned “day of rage” or protest and strike action on Monday by the Public Servants Association (PSA) would no longer take place, the union said in a statement.  The PSA’s Ivan Fredericks said that they still believed it was a “negative deal”, but that going forward with a nationwide strike on Monday by over 230,000 of its members would now be a “futile exercise”.  He added:  “We lost the fight for financial emancipation of public servants, but the battle has just begun.”  The strike action planned in respect of Sassa (the South African Social Service Agency) would, however, still proceed as planned, Fredericks indicated.

  • Read this report in fall at Fin24
  • Read too, PSA cancels 'day of rage' but vows to continue fight for 'financial emancipation', at Fin24
  • And also, After 10 months of talks, government and workers agree to three-year wage deal, at BusinessLive


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