kznlogo thumb100 BDLive reports that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) government is involved in a tussle with public sector unions in the province over its proposal to halt payment of performance bonuses in a move intended to cut expenditure.  

The provincial government denied that it had "unilaterally" suspended bonuses for public servants, saying it had proposed the measure for union consideration as an alternative to freezing posts or "other more radical measures".  Public sector unions have called for meetings with the provincial government, after joining forces last week to threaten mass action over the issue of the bonuses.  Cosatu provincial secretary Edwin Mkhize said on Monday the labour federation had met with the provincial government to discuss general economic concerns in the province, but had yet to schedule a specific date to discuss the issue of bonuses.  KZN premier Senzo Mchunu said on Monday what had been proposed was postponing bonus payments until a decision was made.


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