Public sector employees reject government's latest wage increase offer
Eyewitness News can reveal that public sector employees have rejected government’s latest wage increase offer of 2%.
JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News can reveal that public sector employees have rejected government’s latest wage increase offer of 2%.
However, the margin of difference has narrowed. Insiders told Eyewitness News that workers now want 4% increase, but are willing to settle for a 3% increase.
Earlier this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa approved a 3% salary increase for public office bearers, including ministers. The workers’ original demand was 10%. Public servants put a case to their unions that if public office bearers could get a 3% increase, the least government can do is meet them halfway.
A joint meeting of all unions in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council this week revealed that all workers rejected government’s 2% offer.
The details will be further ventilated during a meeting of the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council on Friday.
Some workers might get more than a 2% increase, when taking into account their pay progressions of 1.5%, the amount remains below inflation which was 7.4% in June.
Meanwhile, the Public Servants Association, which has already declared a dispute over government’s offer, will proceed to conciliation talks on Friday. At the core of their fight is the fact that the government gave workers 1.5% in pensionable increases last year, and has once again proposed not to increase salaries to at least match inflation.