• 10 tips to find bargains

    Susan Erasmus gives advice on how bargain hunters can get the most bang for their buck.

  • Inside Labour

    Labour's bitter breaches need to be seen in historical context, says Terry Bell.

  • Rich getting richer

    Economists differ on how to tackle the chasm between rich and poor, says Leopold Scholtz.

See More

Civil service dispute drags on

Oct 14 2010 13:17 I-Net Bridge & Sapa

Related Articles

Public sector unions to meet

Health workers reject wage offer

Teachers union refuses wage offer

Unions should pay for damage, says DA

Unions set deadline on govt deal

'Create a single public sector union'

Cape Town - Agreement on the public service wage dispute should be reached by the end of next week and the matter finally concluded, Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi said on Thursday.

Briefing the media at Parliament, he gave the assurance that government and the trade unions were close to finding a solution, but the latter had requested more time to consult their members.

"When you deal with issues of salaries, you are dealing with bread and butter issues, highly emotive at times.

"When you are to finalise and conclude on your bargaining, you definitely need to take your membership on board," he said.

"More time is requested by our trade unions to still further consult and consolidate," the minister told a press briefing in Parliament.
"In the spirit of working together, taking on board and understanding each other's circumstances we say OK to the public sector bargaining council that they may actually give some more time for the labour to finalise their processes of consultation.
"We are looking forward to be in a position to report concretely by the turn of the week (next week) where we can then say this is where we are in terms of the consulting process.
"We are hopeful that we will be in a position where we have a 'forward march' that we are going to communicate to the people for them to understand that, yes, we have come to the end of this, so that we can look forward to dealing with other things."
Baloyi declined to comment on the negotiations still to come regarding the phasing of pay deductions from striking civil servants.

He said that it was a condition that details of negotiations be kept within the bargaining chamber until it is all settled.

An announcement on this, and other matters, would be made when final agreement had been reached in the PSCBC, he said.

On Wednesday, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) announced the public sector strike was officially over, even though no deal had yet been signed with government.

At a press conference in Centurion, National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) president Michael Makwayiba said that seven of the eight Cosatu unions had accepted government's offer of a 7.5% wage increase and an R800 monthly housing allowance.

"Today I think is the final closure of the strike."

He believed the 50% support threshold needed to accept the offer would be reached soon.

Independent Labour Caucus (ILC) spokesperson Chris Klopper said one of the ILC unions had accepted the offer, bringing the total to about 45% of workers accepting it.

He said that by next Tuesday he believed that more union leaders representing another 36% of workers would have received a mandate to either accept or reject the offer.

Makwayiba said: "We must appreciate the strike this year was a long protracted strike. We had to be sure that we reach every union."

The unions suspended their four week strike early in September for 21 days to allow members time to consider government's offer.
cosatu  |  ilc  |  richard baloyi  |  strikes


Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Company Snapshot

Brought to you by BizNews

More from BizNews

We're talking about:


Johannesburg has been selected to host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in 2017. "[The congress] will ensure that small business development remains firmly on the national agenda and the radar screen of all stakeholders, the Small Business Development minister said.

10 most expensive cars In the world

This is car porn at its best!


Luxury living

Seven of the most expensive children's toys ever made
5 millionaires turned murderers
The youngest billionaires in the world and how they made it
Watch: Flying first class has never been this luxurious!

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

How do you see your boss? He/sheis:

Previous results · Suggest a vote