Sisulu was dishonest - Unions

Trade unions accused Minster Lindiwe Sisulu of being dishonest.

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

PRETORIA - Trade unions have accused Minster of Public Service and Administration Lindiwe Sisulu of being dishonest.

The minister called for a return to the negotiating table on Tuesday, saying government has offered unions a nine percent wage hike.

Unions announced last week that salary negotiations with government had deadlocked.

Sisulu combined government's 6.5-percent wage offer and 2.5-percent benefits offer, to trump the unions wage demand of eight percent.

Sizwe Pamla, spokesperson for the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), said: "The minister was not being honest and fair to workers."

General Manager of the Public Servants Association (PSA) of South Africa, Danny Adonis, said three matters stalled talks between unions and government - a salary offer, a multi-term agreement, as well as a housing allowance and scheme matter.

Both unions said they would like to return to the negotiating table, but said it was up to government to initiate talks.

President Jacob Zuma moved Sisulu from the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans in a cabinet reshuffle last week.