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Unions stall decision on govt deal

Oct 01 2010 17:51 Sapa

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Johannesburg - Public sector unions affiliated to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Friday have not yet decided whether to sign the government wage deal, adjourning their discussion to Monday.

With the deadline looming, public sector unions have until Monday to sign the proposed wage agreement.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said unions, which met on Friday to coordinate their action regarding the draft wage agreement, adjourned the meeting to Monday.

Government signed the deal on September 13 and gave unions 21 days from then to consult their members on its wage offer.

Fikile Majola, general secretary of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union's (Nehawu), which is affiliated to Cosatu, told I-Net Bridge the union was ready to sign the wage deal, but he said much depended
on what other Cosatu affiliates say.

Cosatu affiliates account for 56% of all civil servants.

Majola said the meeting among Cosatu affiliates was currently underway. 

Nehawu is meeting its peers and it will recommend that they sign the wage deal. "Protect our members," he said.

There is clauses in the draft agreement that reassures workers in essential services such as nurses that they won't be dismissed for misconduct and for taking part in the strike, which began on August 18 and was suspended on September 6, Majola said.

In terms of the draft wage agreement, government has offered a 7.5% wage increase and an R800 housing allowance.
 
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