Council confident public sector strike will be averted

Parties will begin conciliation meetings after wage talks deadlocked three weeks ago.

FILE: The Department of Public Service and Administration declared a dispute after unions rejected its 4,8 percent pay hike offer. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Despite differences between unions in the public sector and the government, the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council is confident a strike will be averted.

Parties are set to begin conciliation meetings on Friday after wage talks deadlocked three weeks ago.

The Department of Public Service and Administration declared a dispute after unions rejected its 4,8 percent pay hike, in line with inflation. Unions want a 10 percent increase.

Bargaining council general secretary Frikkie de Bruin said parties are determined to resolve the impasse.

"I think parties are very committed to finding a solution."

The process of conciliation is expected to continue into next month.