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southafricalogoCity Press writes that a general strike by public service workers looks set to go ahead as trade unions last week moved to declare a deadlock after the last round of negotiations with the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) failed to yield their desired outcome.

Government apparently doubled down on its stance that National Treasury had no money to pay for public sector salary increases. According to the unions, government’s only “revised offer” came in the form of a proposal that funds currently allocated for pay progression, resettlement costs for workers relocated to another province and daily allowances should no longer be paid out. Instead, those funds would be channelled towards the salary increases that were being demanded by public sector workers. The proposal has been described by Public Servants Association’s (PSA’s) Reuban Maleka as “absurd” and amounting “to nothing more than a mere shifting around of funds” to no real benefit for workers. “Labour thus rejected the employer’s offer and jointly indicated that a deadlock had been reached. The dispute resolution processes, as per the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council constitutional provisions, will now be followed,” Maleka said. He added that the PSA had advised the union’s more than 235,000 members to prepare for industrial action to secure a decent salary increase and protect existing benefits. The PSA and other trade unions affiliated to Cosatu had tabled a salary increase proposal linked to inflation plus 4%, together with other demands. The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union’s (Nehawu’s) December Mavuso said that, after failing to reach an amicable solution after 21 days of negotiations, the unions were left with no choice but to declare a deadlock. DPSA Minister Senzo Mchunu, to the frustration of the unions, briefed the media on the eve of the final round of negotiations last week and restated National Treasury’s stance that there was no money for any salary increases.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Juniour Khumalo at City Press

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