Public service wage talks to resume

Public service wage negotiations are expected to resume on Wednesday.

A Cosatu march. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Public service wage negotiations are expected to continue after coming to a grinding halt earlier in July.

The bargaining council will appoint a mediator on Tuesday.

Last week, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) declared a wage dispute with government.

Cosatu's chief negotiator Mugwena Maluleke said the mediation process will move forward on Wednesday.

The labour federation wants an 8 percent increase, but government is offering 6,7 percent.

Maluleke said the mediation process must be about "give and take".

"The employer must come to the negotiating table and engage with the employees."

In a statement released last week, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said government intends finalising negotiations as soon as possible.