Dlodlo to update on public sector wage negotiations

Monday, May 21, 2018

Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo is expected to formally announce government’s position on the conclusion of the public sector wage negotiations.

The briefing follows the conclusion of the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council wage negotiation processes on Friday.

In a statement, the PSCBC announced that parties to the council have concluded the wage negotiations for the public service, except for one union, the Public Servants Association (PSA).

The salary adjustment for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, effective from 1 April 2018, for employees on salary levels 1-12 will be as follows:

  • Salary Levels 1 to 7: 7%
  • Salary Level 8 to 10: 6.5%; and
  • Salary Level 11 to 12: 6%

The parties have agreed wages would increase by consumer price index (CPI) plus 1% to CPI for the successive two years.

The unions were demanding CPI plus 2% for the lowest levels and CPI plus 1% for the highest, while it set its CPI calculation at 5.5%.

The deal also comes with extra hikes for educators and police officials, who will benefit from the agreement to equalise pay progression across the public service at 1.5% per annum.

Furthermore, parties agreed to the delinking of the payment of the housing allowance of spouses.

The housing allowance for spouses of employees on salary level 1-5 will be delinked with effect from 1 September 2018; while the delinking of the housing allowance for spouses of employees on salary level 6-12 will be effective from 1 September 2019.

Parties will reconvene this morning at 11:00 for signing the agreement, while Minister Dlodlo will then brief the media at 12:30. – SAnews.gov.za