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‘Positive labour relations key to effective public service'

Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi delivered the opening address at the Public Servants Association's AGM in Pretoria on Monday.

Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi says positive labour relations are key to an efficient public service.

Muthambi delivered the opening address at the Public Servants Association's AGM in Pretoria on Monday.

The minister says since her appointment, she's held talks with several unions in the sector.

“For our public service to prosper we need to create and instil a culture of efficient and effective labour relations between the employer and labour. The only way this will be achieved is through forming and maintaining positive labour relations in the public sector.”

Muthambi says civil service managers involved in frivolous court action against employees will be forced to cover costs from their own pockets.

In March, the Democratic Alliance called on the then Communications Minister to personally pay for taking the SABC ad hoc committee's report on judicial review.

Without a hint of irony, Muthambi says it appears to be a public service trend that senior managers abuse state resources on unjustifiable cases.

“Number one it’s not their money that they are using to litigate. There’s intention to frustrate as if you are opposition for management. That’s the attitude and the culture of our senior managers at times. Should you go to court and contest a matter that you know you were in the wrong, you’re going to pay out of your own pocket.”