Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Unions angry over slow pace of negotiations

By Anele Siwa
19 June 2007

The Federation of Unions of South Africa has come out in support of the letter issued by the general secretary of the International Trade Union Confedatration Guy Ryder to South African President Thabo Mbeki on Friday.

In the letter, the ITC talks about the slow progress in negotiations and the dismissal of hundreds of workers in the public sector.

FEDUSA general secretary Dennis George says it is unacceptable that the wage dispute is dragging on while many nurses, teachers and other government officials are suffering the consequences of industrial action and the country feels the slump in service delivery.
George says he will attend tomorrow’s Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council meeting on attempt to facilitate a break in the current deadlock.

Meanwhile, school exams are still on hold as unions and government continue the negotiations. Western Cape Education Department spokesperson Gert Witbooi the department is hoping for a speady resolution as it is concerned about the learners’ exams. He added that there have been no dismissals in the department of education so far.

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