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Public sector, govt to scrutinise wage deal

The latest wage agreement will undergo legal scrutiny amid threats labour may withdraw.

FILE: The latest wage agreement will undergo legal scrutiny amid threats labour may withdraw. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public sector unions and government will today subject the latest wage agreement to legal scrutiny following threats labour may withdraw from the deal struck last month.

Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) unions and the Independent Labour Caucus have said they won't commit to the agreement if government does not implement a seven percent wage increase.

Instead, the state wants to implement a 6.4 percent wage hike, explaining this is because it paid workers six percent extra during the last deal.

But the unions said that agreement lapsed in March this year.

The Department of Public Service and Administration's Brent Simons said, "There is currently a process unfolding. We will forward representatives and the unions will forward representatives so that we can begin to look at resolving this issue. We are confident this matter can be resolved."