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southafricalogoPretoria News reports that SA’s 1.3 million public servants will not be receiving performance bonuses from April 2021 and will get reduced incentives for doing their jobs well from this year.  

The move will be in place pending a review of the state’s incentive policy and due to national and provincial departments’ failing to comply with the Public Service Act.  According to the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), this was a result of the government’s “current financial constraints, post the conclusion of the 2018 wage agreement and residual costs emanating the agreement”.  But the country’s biggest public sector union and largest Cosatu affiliate, the National Health, Education and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), has rejected the move, saying it was not consulted.  Nehawu’s first deputy president Mike Shingange said the government knew that it should consult its employees in the Public Sector Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC).  Shingange added that Nehawu believed this was just another provocation of public servants and undermining of the collective bargaining processes in the public service.  Reuben Maleka of the Public Servants Association (PSA) indicated that they had already tabled their complaint against the move at the bargaining council.  He claimed the directive issued on 30 January was in contravention of PSCBC resolutions and called on the government to come to the PSCBC to negotiate its plans.

  • Read the original of Samkelo Mtshali’s report on this story in full at Independent News

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