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Cosatu returns to 10% demand in govt wage talks, declares dispute as strike looms | Fin24


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  • Cosatu has returned to its 10% across-the-board demand on the deadlocked public service wage talks.
  • This follows the PSA serving the federal government with seven-day discover of a strike.
  • Cosatu will head to conciliation on the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council subsequent week. 
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Cosatu has returned to demanding a ten% enhance within the public service wage talks after performing Public Service and Administration Minister Thulas Nxesi mentioned he would invoke part 5 of the Public Service Act to use a 3% hike unilaterally.

The return to the steep demand additionally comes after the Public Service Affiliation (PSA) served the federal government with a seven-day discover of intention to strike after the general public service wage talks remained deadlocked on the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC).

Whereas the federal government has provided 3%, most unions’ calls for on the negotiations vary between 5% and 10%. The South African Democratic Academics’ Union (Sadtu) is, to date, the one union to just accept the three% wage provide. Cosatu will now head to conciliation with the federal government on the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council subsequent week. 

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Nxesi has pushed to implement a 3% wage hike unilaterally by way of Part 5 of the Public Service Act forward of Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s Medium-term Price range Coverage Assertion on Wednesday, which is predicted to accommodate a 3% enhance to public service wages within the medium-term expenditure framework.  

The ANC-aligned labour federation mentioned the federal government allowed a draft decision to fall away within the negotiations earlier this month. Cosatu mentioned in a press release that the federal government had the choice to reopen the matter for dialogue or negotiation, however selected in any other case.

“With the provide having been withdrawn, we’ve got now gone again to our preliminary demand of 10% throughout the board on the cost-of-living adjustment and invoked the PSCBC dispute-resolution mechanism,” the assertion mentioned.  

Cosatu mentioned the employer’s plan to implement the provide unilaterally, regardless of beforehand withdrawing it from the PSCBC, was “deceitful”.

“The collective spirit of public sector employees has all the time been shuffled by the blatant disregard and the continued undermining of collective bargaining by authorities,” Cosatu mentioned.

Cosatu mentioned the general public service sector continued to undergo because of vacant posts and an efficient “wage freeze” for public servants within the identify of fiscal consolidation.

“The employer reiterated that the one provision is as per the funds quantity and there appears to be no intention to search out the extra funds to satisfy the calls for of employees as introduced,” the assertion mentioned.

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The federation mentioned it has declared a dispute relating to plans to implement the three% hike. The conciliation for this dispute is scheduled for 31 October and 1 November on the PSCBC.

Cosatu mentioned it could additionally roll out a plan of motion, together with particular provincial mobilised rallies for higher remunerations within the public service.

When the PSA strike commences the strike would be the union’s first industrial motion within the public service since July 2010, when the union efficiently demanded an 8.6% wage enhance.

In the meantime, Public Service and Administration director-general Yoliswa Makhasi wrote to the director of the CCMA, Cameron Mogajane, on Friday, asking that it urgently intervene to interrupt the impasse on the public service wage talks. 


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