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popcruFin24 reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) said on Monday that it would reserve its right to consult membership on the latest public service wage offer made by government at the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council.

Government, through the Department of Public Service and Administration, tabled a revised offer last week Friday of a 1.5% pensionable salary increase from 1 April to 31 March next year, with a monthly gratuity ranging from R1,200 to R1,600, depending on pay grade. Unions have been given 21 days from the formal tabling of the revised offer to consult with membership to get a mandate to either accept or reject the offer. If the majority of unions do not accept the offer, it will fall off the table and a party will have to request that it be resubmitted for further negotiation or more time to get a mandate. So far, the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) and the National Professional Teachers' Organisation of SA (Naptosa) have accepted the offer, while Popcru and the Public Servants Association (PSA) have registered their rejection of the offer, while committing to canvas membership for a final mandate. In an internal circular, Popcru said it believed the revised offer would "not amount to real salary increase for public servants". A PSA spokesperson said the union would have a final mandate on whether to accept or reject the offer by Tuesday. The eight unions involved in talks are the PSA, Popcru, Sadtu, Sapu, Denosa, Nehawu, Naptosa and Hospersa.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khulekani Magubane at Fin24


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