Minister to meet public servants
Johannesburg - Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi was scheduled to meet with union leaders on Wednesday evening in an attempt to avert a national strike.
"He was in Kampala, Uganda and he is on his way back home. He is treating the situation as a matter of urgency," said Baloyi's spokesperson Dumisani Nkwamba.
"He will meet with the leaders of the unions tonight (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday) morning as part of an effort to avert a
national strike," he told Sapa.
Nkwamba said the government would table a revised offer at a meeting scheduled to take place on Thursday afternoon.
The SA Democratic Teachers' Union said on Wednesday it would give the government another seven days to produce a better wage
offer before teachers started striking.
The state was offering a 6.5% increase and a housing subsidy of R620 per month. The unions want 8.6% and a R1 000 housing subsidy.
The Public Servants Association (PSA) was already planning to go ahead with a strike on Thursday by its 210 000 members.
The Congress of SA Trade Unions represents about 56% of the unionised employees in the public service. Together with the Independent Labour Caucus, that amounts to 1.3 million public service employees.
Where doesa the poor soldiers stand during this situation,they are not represented at the burgainning chamber,hence the the poor salaries.
The public service minister must give public servant what their asking for, he must put in mind that we are not public service volunteers, we deserve better houses, better salaries etc so that we can have a better life.