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PSCBCBusinessLive reports that the 21-day national lockdown aimed at limiting Covid-19 has thrown a spanner in the works for public sector unions eager to down tools should the government not increase their salaries on 1 April.  

The unions who stated their clear intention of going on strike should the state not implement the last leg of the 2018 wage agreement include Nehawu, SA’s largest public service union.  Denosa and Nupsaw have also thrown in their lot with Nehawu, saying they were willing to down tools if the government showed “disdain” to public servants by refusing to adjust their salaries.  Nehawu’s Zola Saphetha indicated that the parties would meet at the public sector bargaining council (PSCBC) again on Wednesday to try and find each other.  The union’s leadership would then meet afterwards to determine the next course of action “in light of the lockdown”.  Nupsaw’s Success Mataitsane was more straightforward:  “The strike action has been suspended until the lockdown is over. We don’t know why we are being called into the PSCBC again because we have made it clear that we are not interested in 0% increase.”  Public service and administration minister Senzo Mchunu would only say he did not want to speculate what would happen on 1 April as the matter was “too sensitive and serious for speculation”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive

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