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Unions threaten to leave wage negotiations

Public sector unions say the state is relying on clauses in a 2012 agreement which has expired.

Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) house in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Picture: Janice Healing/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public sector unions have threatened to withdraw from a wage agreement with the Department of Public Service and Administration after provinces started implementing a 6,4 percent salary hike instead of seven percent.

The Independent Labour Caucus (ILC) and Congress of South African Trade Unions reached an agreement of seven percent plus a medical aid contribution of 28 percent.

The ILC claims that the department has sent an instruction to provinces to only increase salaries by 6,4 percent because workers were paid 0,4 percent extra during the last three years.

ILC chairperson Basil Manuel says the state is relying on clauses in a 2012 agreement which has expired.

"The 2012 agreement ended in March and they didn't bring this up during negotiations but if you look at the current agreement the cost of living adjustment will be seven percent."