Govt. to finalise wage talks

Wage talks between government and unions deadlocked on Tuesday.

Cosatu protesters. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Government intends on finalising wage negotiations with unions as soon as possible, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, unions affiliated to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) declared a dispute after negotiations deadlocked.

Unions said government reverted back to its offer of 6.7 percent when they had already put 6.9 percent on the table.

The ministry's Ndivhuwo Mabaya said they want to negotiate.

"Government and labour [unions] are negotiating a multi-year agreement. It can be tough and it can be frustrating.

"We are committed to resolving these negotiations and finding a settlement within the limited resources that we have."