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psaBL Premium reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA), which represents over 235,000 workers, has threatened to go on strike after the government formally tabled a 0% wage increase for the 2021/2022 financial year.

The offer was tabled during negotiations at the Public Sector Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) on Thursday. “The offer for the cost-of-living adjustment for the 2021/2022-financial year was a 0% increase. The rest of the substantive demands by labour were also rejected,” the PSA’s Reuben Maleka advised. He went on to threaten: “We will go on strike and shut down the public sector. We will be on the streets, demanding the government takes us seriously.” Public sector unions are demanding a wage increase of the consumer price index (CPI) plus 4% across the board for 2021/2022, which is above the 2.9% inflation rate recorded in February and the 4.3% average the Reserve Bank expects for 2021. Their other demands include a R2,500 housing allowance, a special risk allowance of 12% of basic salaries during national disasters such as Covid-19, and the filling of all vacant posts in the public service. Maleka said the state as the employer should revise its 0% offer to prevent the “dispute process being invoked”. The Department of Public Service and Administration is apparently due to respond with a revised offer on 23 April.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive (paywall access only)


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