Sisulu, unions conclude wage talks

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is concerned by government’s high wage bill for public sector workers.

Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - A three-year pay agreement signed with public sector unions will allow government to do things differently, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Wednesday.

Wage talks between government and unions concluded on Tuesday.

Under the agreement, public sector workers will see wages go up by 7 percent in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, workers will receive a pay hike of consumer price inflation plus one percent.

Sisulu said this would allow government to plan accordingly and ensure no public sector strikes take place for the next three years.

But the minister did say government's current wage bill is still too high and unsustainable.

She said Cabinet was kept in the loop during negotiations.