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cosatuSunday Independent reports that the National Treasury hopes a solution will be found on the state wage bill after unions rejected government attempts to block a deal struck two years ago.  

Director-general in the Treasury, Dondo Mogajane, informed the joint committees on finance that unions had called for the matter to be dealt with at the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council.  Finance Minister Tito Mboweni had announced last month that government would cut the wage bill by R160 billion in the next three years, but Cosatu said on Saturday that if the government did not implement the agreement of 2018 by failing to increase wages in April, this would backfire.  The labour federation’s spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said that Cosatu was waiting until next month for the government to implement the increases and that they had indicated to the government there was nothing further to talk about.  He noted that there was no clause in the agreement of 2018 to allow for a review of the wages as agreed upon and suggested that the government should stick to the agreement and implement it.  Pamla added that they could go to court if government failed next month to implement the terms of the agreement.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Siyabonga Mkhwanazi at Independent News

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