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Wage talks could force unions' hand
Labour unions might declare a dispute after government retracted its initial wage increase offer.
BRAAMFONTEIN - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) affiliated labour unions declared a dispute with government on Wednesday over the current wage negotiations.
Unions said government reverted back to its initial 6.7 percent offer on Tuesday causing a breakdown in negotiations.
Labour unions said their patience has been tested and they have been left with no option but to declare a dispute.
South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) General Secretary Mokoena Maluleke was hopeful a settlement would be reached on Tuesday, but to their surprise they went back on their 6.9 percent offer and are now offering 6.7 percent.
Unions are demanding a 7.9 percent increase for all public servants.
Maluleke said they haven’t officially announced strike because they need to go through legal processes first but public servants could be taking to the streets in the next month if a settlement is not reached.