All data is delayed
See More

Govt 'undermines public services'

Jul 25 2012 16:26
Johannesburg - The government was accused on Wednesday of undermining public services in its labour negotiations with public unions.

"[It] is undermining its mandate to ensure that communities are provided with quality public services, delivered by public sector workers who are paid a living wage," said the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu).

Union official Nomthandazo Sikiti said negotiations between government and public-sector unions had reached an impasse, with the former behaving "like an intransigent employer".

"We urge the government to return to the negotiating table, with an offer that befits a government that is supposed to be working to eradicate poverty," Sikiti said.

Public administration spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya declined to comment on Nehawu's accusations. He said government was still in negotiations with unions.

"We are busy with the negotiations. When we are done with the negotiations we will communicate," Mabaya said.

Sikiti said public sector unions would be meeting their international counterparts at the 2012 Public Services International, to be held in Durban in November this year.

* Follow Fin24 on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

wage talks  |  unions


Read Fin24’s Comments Policy 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Company Snapshot

We're talking about:


With infrastructure spending having been identified as one of the key focus areas of the National Development Plan, tradesmen will continue to play a critical role in growing the South African economy through their skills..

Money Clinic

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

Voting Booth

A 30% a month return on investment is:

Previous results · Suggest a vote