Public servants wage negotiations underway

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pretoria - Negotiations for wage increases for public servants are underway at the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC). However, government is mum on how they are proceeding.

Spokesperson for the Department of Public Service and Administration, Dumisani Nkwamba, told BuaNews that at this stage, he would not be able to divulge any information or details regarding the negotiations.

"We will communicate when the time is right. At this stage, we do not want to jeopardise the process," he said.

Last year, public servants embarked on a nationwide strike, which mostly affected schools and hospitals. 
The strike was suspended after an agreement was reached with the employer for a 7.5 percent increase.

Meanwhile, the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) also intends to start wage negotiations on behalf of local government employees. The union hopes to finalise negotiations by 6 May. 

Samwu's wage demands have been informed by the increase in price of many basic necessities and the cost of day to day living. 

It said the Wage Collective Agreement allows for parties to reopen negotiations if the average CPI falls below five percent or is higher than 10 percent. - BuaNews