Johannesburg - Wage negotiations between the government and civil servants will continue this week, the public service ministry said on Sunday.
The negotiations are scheduled to start on Monday.
Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu welcomed the
decision by unions to continue with the negotiations after they declared
a wage dispute two weeks ago.
"With over 1.3 million employees in national and
provincial governments and close to one million in municipalities and
other institutions of government, the public service must lead in
productivity and be on the forefront of our service delivery and
collective efforts for a South Africa free of poverty and joblessness"
Sisulu said in a statement.
National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers
general secretary Success Mataitsane said he hoped the negotiations
would bring a more favourable offer to workers.
"We welcome any move towards the resolution of the dispute," he said.
"Our approach to the meeting will be to see if there if a change of heart in the employers."
He said a conciliation meeting was scheduled for July 10.
"We are hoping that they [government] will come up with a better offer... [in order] to make the meeting redundant."
On Tuesday, Sisulu said the government had offered
civil servants a nine percent raise, made up of a 6.5 percent salary
rise and a 2.5 percent increase in benefits.
Labour was demanding an eight percent salary increase.
Sisulu said the Treasury had budgeted for only a five percent increase.
"Government [is] in a situation where nine percent is way above what it has budgeted for," she said.