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PSCBCBusinessLive reports that cracks are beginning to show in the previously united front between public-service unions on what action to take against the government to compel it to increase public servants’ salaries on 1 April.  

The unions were previously in unison that embarking on strike would force the government to honour the wage agreement signed in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) in 2018.  While some are still in favour of downing tools, others seem to be rejecting that idea and want the matter settled in the courts.  On Thursday, Nehawu said it had postponed its 30 March national day of action designed to serve as a “warning shot”.  Instead during the national lockdown commencing at midnight on Thursday, its leadership “shall explore all possible avenues at their disposal, particularly if the agreement is not implemented as it is by April 1 2020.”  Nupsaw said they still rejected the 0% increase tabled by government at the PSCBC and, while the strike had been suspended, the action would still be considered when the lockdown was lifted.  The PSA will send a letter of demand to public service and administration minister Senzo Mchunu requiring him to make an undertaking that “he will implement the salary adjustments come April 1”.  The union added that:  “We are not going to down tools as the PSA, even when the lockdown has been lifted, because this matter requires us to litigate.”  Denosa said that embarking on a strike was now not their “primary objective and intention”.

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


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