Govt & public sector to resolve wage impasse

Govt and public sector unions have three weeks in which to resolve an impasse in wage talks.

FILE: Striking Lonmin workers discuss a wage increase offer in Marikana, North West, on 14 September 2012. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Government and public sector unions have three weeks in which to resolve an impasse in wage talks.

Negotiations recently deadlocked and it's feared a strike will be called which could cripple public services.

The Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council is now trying to assist in getting negotiations back on track.

The council's Frikkie de Bruin says at the moment they are not at liberty to disclose the details.

"We're not at liberty to disclose what that should be or could be because it's a process without prejudice. But I think very important as long as parties talk, there is hope that we will progress and come up with some solution."

Unions are demanding a 10 percent pay hike, the state has offered 4.8 percent.