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southafricalogoNews24 reports that government has welcomed the signing of a three-year multi-term public sector wage agreement, even though it exceeded the 2018 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).  

The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) confirmed in a statement that the 2018 salary agreement exceeded the R110bn provision for salary adjustments for the period from 2018/19 to 2020/21 made in the 2018 MTEF by R30bn.  “This then calls for cost containment measures to ensure that the wage bill remains within the existing compensation ceilings,” the DPSA observed.  The Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) last week reported that 65.74% of trade unions covered had agreed to salary adjustments and improvements on conditions of service in the sector for three years.  The country's bulging public wage bill has been a major source of challenge raised by international lenders and rating agencies.  “As government we are glad that we have reached another multi-term agreement,” said Minister of Public Service and Administration Ayanda Dlodlo, adding that the agreement “proves that it is possible for both parties to reach an amicable agreement that puts the stability of the country and service delivery first.”

  • Read this report by Sibongile Khumalo in full at Fin24

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