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Public servants wage deal could be derailed

Cosatu unions and ILC are threatening to pull out of the agreement after the state went back on its word.

FILE: Around 10,000 people marching through the Pretoria city centre calling for better wages in the public sector on 23 April 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Labour Caucus (ILC) says claims that government is preparing to implement a 6,4 percent wage hike instead of a 7 percent agreement could derail talks aimed at salvaging the deal.

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) unions and the ILC are threatening to pull out of the agreement after the state recently announced it had paid government workers 0,6 percent too much over the past three years.

The ILC's Basil Manuel says the entire process has become a mess.

"It's a mess. I'm disappointed that the employer chose to handle it in this manner, because we had seven months to deal with it."

Last week, Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini said government's refusal to implement a seven percent wage deal signed with public sector unions is a provocation to call a strike.

The unions, ILC and the Department of Public Service and Administration met to discuss the disagreement.

But Dlamini had questioned the intention of those refusing to implement the seven percent deal.

"It can only be people who want public servants to go on a strike for whatever reason they have. So we are saying to our government, please if you want to take us back don't use workers of this country to achieve that."