The seven COSATU public
service unions together with other unions have called on government to increase
the tabled wage offer of five-point-eight percent to ten percent.
This is after the unions have
decreased their demand from fifteen percent to ten percent.
The unions also demand ten
leave working days for parents with children with disability, a bursary scheme
for government employee’s children and three-thousand-rand housing allowance.
First Deputy President of
POPCRU Nkosinathi Mabhida says negotiations have been very slow as a result of
employer delaying tactics.
Mabhida said the employer came
back and increased their meagre 4,8% offer with a shameful 0,2 to make it 5%
for the current Financial Year and CPI plus 0,5% in the following two Financial
Mabhida said labour rejected
that offer. It was then agreed in Council that the employer must go back to its
principals for a revised and a better offer as Labour is still on 10% increase
across the board.
Mabhida said Parties to the
PSCBC will meet again today to continue with the negotiations.
Mabhida said it must be noted
that Labour is fully committed to engage the employer seven days a week until
the settlement is reached.
Mabhida said at the same time,
as Labour, we will be engaging with our members to comprehensively engage with
them on what is transpiring in the negotiations.
“We further call on government
to show the same commitment to this process” Mabhida added.
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