Public service wage talks resume today

The mediation process in the public service wage negotiations is expected to get underway.

The mediation process in the public service wage negotiations is expected to get underway on Wednesday after coming to a grinding halt earlier in July.

CAPE TOWN - The mediation process in the public service wage negotiations is expected to get underway on Wednesday after coming to a grinding halt earlier in July.

The bargaining council on Tuesday appointed a mediator to take the process forward.

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) declared a dispute with government last week after it rejected a wage increase of 8 percent and offered a 6.7 percent increase instead.

Cosatu's chief negotiator Mugwena Maluleke said the mediation process is all about give and take.

"We are not only looking at the 7.9 percent, but we are looking at a host of issues presented as part of the demands and as part of the offer that the employer is making.

"We then make a decision on that basis so that our options are weighed throughout the negotiation process."

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